Heavy Vehicles

About Us

Heavy Vehicle Services (HVS) is responsible for providing safe, efficient and sustainable heavy vehicle access to WA's road network.

This site provides heavy vehicle operators with all the essential information they require, including permits, notices and updates.

All vehicle and driver licensing issues are managed by the Department of Transport.


Contact Details

Address: 525 Great Eastern Highway, Redcliffe 6104
Phone: 138 HVO (138 486)
Fax: (08) 9475 8455 or
e-mail: hvo@mainroads.wa.gov.au


For permit-related enquiries, email permit.applications@mainroads.wa.gov.au


Heavy Vehicle News

Up Coming Changes to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) - Licensing and Permitting Process
- Effective 1 February 2016.

Main Roads and the Department of Transport have reviewed the SPV licensing and permit application process following feedback from industry.  Effective 1 February 2016 check weighs will no longer be required when applying for an SPV license or permit, unless requested by Main Roads or the Department of Transport.  The changes have been made as part of the continued effort to reduce “red tape” for the transport industry. 

The new process will be one of self-declaration.  The applicant will need to determine the weight of their own vehicle using any accurate method available to them, such as information from the manufacturer, a weighbridge, portable scales, etc.  When declaring the tare weight of the SPV please ensure consideration of any equipment essential to its operation that will be carried by it, as Main Roads will not issue a permit where the requested mass on the permit application exceeds the tare weight shown on the registration papers.

Further information, including new SPV permit application forms, is available on the SPV page.

October and November 2015 -  Metropolitan and Regional Industry Information Sessions

Heavy Vehicle Services delivered a series of information sessions in October and November to both metropolitan and regionally based industry and stakeholders.

The information sessions focused on the Accredited Mass Management Scheme (AMMS) and the implementation and requirements associated with the two new accreditation modules, the Loading & Dimension module standard and Mass Management module standard.

Please find the presentations below:


Chain of Responsibility (C & E Legislation)

Clarification of Load Restraint Laws

Recent media coverage may have given the impression that the use of regular rope was being prohibited under forthcoming Chain of Responsibility legislation and that only approved webbing and certified ropes will be permitted.

This is incorrect as there is no change to the Load Restraint Guide provisions and existing restraint methods are still acceptable providing that they meet the performance standards detailed in the guide. You must still ensure your load is correctly restrained using the appropriate restraint relevant to the transport task. 

The new Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 still refer to The Load Restraint Guide – Second Edition 2004 as per current regulations.

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation was introduced into WA law on the 27 April 2015.

For more information, please visit the Chain of Responsibility page.


National Driver Work Diary availability 

If you drive a heavy vehicle with a gross vehicle mass over 12 tonnes or a bus of more than 4.5 tonnes fitted to carry more than 12 adults including the driver, in a State other than Western Australia and the Northern Territory, you must record your driver work/rest details in a National Driver Work Diary.  The Department of Transport recently increased availability of National Driver Work Diaries in Western Australia. Priced at $20, they are now available at three extra locations - Albany, Geraldton and Karratha.  Buyers must attend in person with a valid drivers licence.

The full list of locations is:

 Driver and Vehicles Services Centre 
178 Stirling Terrace, Albany WA 6330
 Regional Services Kimberley 
9 Napier Terrace (Kennedy's Store), Broome WA 6725
 Driver and Vehicle Services Centre
18C, 1480 Albany Hwy, Cannington WA 6107
 Driver and Vehicle Services Centre
65 Chapman Road, Geraldton WA 6530
 Driver and Vehicle Services Centre
35 Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
 Driver and Vehicle Services Centre
3-5 Welcome Road, Karratha WA 6714
 Driver and Vehicle Services Centre
Corner Messmate & Bandicoot Drive, Kununurra WA 6743


Modified: 23 Jan 2016