Permits and Orders
A permit or order is required from Main Roads when driving a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) on a public road. Generally speaking, a vehicle or vehicle combination exceeding any of the following limits is a RAV and must be operated in accordance with a permit or order.
Special Purpose Vehicle
A Special Purpose Vehicle is defined as a vehicle other than a tow truck or agricultural vehicle, built for a purpose other than carrying a load, except for water in the concrete pumps & fire trucks.
Concessional permits for containerised freight provide additional mass on eligible vehicle combinations when transporting intermodal containers that have been imported or are being exported overseas only.
Residential Construction Products
The Residential Construction Products Permit allows specific Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) combinations to operate on roads not listed in RAV Network 1, at full statutory axle mass limits, to cart residential construction products to residential construction sites.
Short Triple Road Train
The “Short Triple Road Train Period Permit” only applies to a vehicle combination with a maximum length of 36.5 metres and consisting of axle group requirements as outlined here.
Australian Defence Force (ADF)
Australian Defence Force Restricted Access Vehicles operate under an order or permit issued by Main Roads or under the Australian Defence Force Road Transport Exemption Network
Tow Coupling D-Rating Calculator
The D-Rating Calculator allows transport operators to check and ensure their tow couplings are sufficiently rated. A vehicle combination fitted with insufficiently rated tow couplings can result in catastrophic consequences. Disclaimer: The results provided by the calculators are only as accurate as the data that is inputted by the user. Each field in the ATM Calculators and the D-Rating Calculator must be completed for accurate results.
Trailer Clearance Calculator
The Trailer Clearance Calculator will assist transport operators to determine the minimum gap requirement between vehicles in a combination. The Australian Standards AS2174 requires the vehicle combination to have sufficient clearance to allow the trailers to move through all angles of articulation, pitch and roll.
Static Rollover Threshold Calculator
The SRT Calculator helps transport operators to assess the rollover risk of their vehicle configuration and load. This then allows operators to either adjust the load accordingly or ensure there are suitable controls in place to mitigate the risks.
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