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Higher mass limits

On 10 February 2014 the Heavy Vehicle National Law 2012 (HVNL) commenced, replacing existing laws governing the operation of all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) was established to administer the Heavy Vehicle National Law and is now the first point of contact for the majority of your heavy vehicle business.

On 23 May 2014, the Australian Transport and Infrastructure Council approved the amended Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation, paving the way for the implementation of the 1-Tonne Tri-Axle Mass Transfer Allowance (1TMTA) policy.

Heavy Vehicle Operators in Queensland can take advantage of the 1TMTA on all gazetted Higher Mass Limits (HML) routes.

HML route maps are available on our Higher mass limits maps page.

For additional information on the 1TMTA please refer to the NHVR website.

Higher mass limits

Queensland has a policy that allows vehicles fitted with road-friendly suspension to carry more freight on routes that are capable of accepting higher masses. The higher mass limits (HML) policy framework allows route access based upon agreement from the road asset owner.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads produces a number of maps that can assist operators in identifying relationships between roads, railways, local authority areas, towns and Main Roads regions. Departmental regional contacts can also assist in identifying the asset owners of particular roads or other assets (such as bridges or culverts).

Intelligent Access Program

The Intelligent Access Program (IAP) is now available for vehicles operating at HML. This national program provides heavy vehicles with improved access to the Australian road network in return for monitoring compliance with specific access conditions.

This is done by installing vehicle telematics in participating vehicles, which includes a combination of global positioning systems, in-vehicle sensors, and additional communication technology. Enrolment in IAP is a mandatory requirement for HML.

For more information on the IAP, visit Transport and Main Roads' Intelligent Access Program page

Last updated
02 October 2014