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Heavy vehicle operator guidelines

Temporary changes during COVID-19

From 1 April 2020 a temporary variation to the current requirement of signing pilot/escort movement record books by the escorted vehicle driver is in place.

The temporary change allows pilot and escort operators to declare that the escorted vehicle driver’s licence has been sighted, rather than requiring the driver to sign the pilot/escort movement record book. This also applies to the details of the second and third pilot/escort driver’s details. 

The variation applies to all Class 1 OSOM movements where a pilot/escort movement record book is required. 

Please call the Road Manager Policy team (07) 3066 8976 if you have any questions.

National notices and permit-based schemes

All national notices and permit-based schemes are implemented by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The following guidelines are specific for Queensland.

Agricultural vehicles and agricultural combinations (Form 14)

From 1 January 2020, the Form 14 Guideline will only apply to light agricultural vehicles and light agricultural combinations. This includes all vehicle and implements with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) or Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of 4.5t or less.

Conditions for access to the road network are based on heavy vehicle zones and road categories. View the Heavy Vehicle Zone map.

For oversize heavy agricultural vehicles and combinations, please refer to the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice and Operators Guide. These documents can be located on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's website

A heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a GVM or ATM of more than 4.5t.

Conditional registration (Form 17)

Controlled access buses (overall length not exceeding 14.5m)

Livestock loading in Queensland

View the livestock loading scheme notice

Queensland access condition guide

This guide is to be read in conjunction with the following National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Notices:

  • Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension Exemption Notice 2019
  • Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle (Indivisible Item) Dimension Exemption Notice 2019
  • Queensland Class 1 Special Purpose Combination Mass Dimension Exemption Notice 2019
  • Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Mass Exemption Notice 2016.

Pilot and escort operations in Queensland (Form 41)

The excess mass and dimensions page provides more detailed information for conditions of operations for excess mass and dimension vehicles.

Information bulletins

Disaster assistance package

Disaster assistance package information bulletin

Drought assistance package

Drought assistance package information bulletin

Grain harvest management scheme

The scheme is administered by AgForce. More information is available from AgForce*.

Load Restraint Guide

Loading heavy vehicles safely is vital to preventing injury to people and damage to property.

The Load Restraint Guide 2018 provides transport drivers, operators, and other participants in the transport chain of responsibility with basic safety principles which should be followed for the safe carriage of loads on road vehicles.

Last updated
06 September 2021