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National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Important changes to access permit application process  


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is working closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to improve processing times for permit applications and, as a result has temporarily delegated authority to the department to process some categories of applications on its behalf.

From 19 February 2014, applications for all Class 1 Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) undertaking trips entirely within Queensland will be temporarily processed by the department. Get more information about how to apply for an access permit.

For all other new access permit applications, including cross-border OSOM/SPV applications, apply to the NHVR.


Get more information on applications to the department, including how to apply for a permit, by reading through the frequently asked questions or from the NHVR's website.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is Australia’s first national, independent regulator for all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes. The aim of the NHVR is to improve safety and productivity in the heavy vehicle transport industry, minimise the compliance burden and reduce duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders.

On 21 January 2013, the NHVR started operations providing National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS) services. On 10 February 2014, the Heavy Vehicle National law (HVNL) commenced in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.

From 10 February 2014 the NHVR became responsible for administering all regulatory services under the HVNL, including:

  • heavy vehicle access permit applications
  • heavy vehicle standards modifications and exemption permits
  • fatigue management, including a national driver work diary
  • compliance and enforcement of the HVNL (through existing transport inspectors and police services).

The department will continue to be responsible for some aspects of heavy vehicle regulation, such as:

  • accreditation of vehicle inspection stations and approval of vehicle examiners
  • vehicle registration
  • driver licensing
  • dangerous goods regulation
  • road rules.

For more information about the NHVR and how it will affect you, read the frequently asked questions or the NHVR website.

Last updated
16 May 2019