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Queensland excess mass and dimension conditions

Heavy vehicles (vehicles or trailers with a GVM or ATM over 4.5 tonnes) operating on Queensland roads must not exceed the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation mass limits.

If your vehicle does not exceed Regulation mass limits it is classified as a General Access Vehicle. General Access Vehicles can travel on the road network without a notice or permit unless otherwise signposted.

If your vehicle does exceed Regulation mass limits, you will need to either:

Or

Note: If your vehicle is also excess dimensions, you must comply with all conditions of the relevant Heavy Vehicle National Law excess dimension exemption notice or access permit you are operating under.

In Queensland, all excess mass operators are required to be registered as an Approved Heavy Haulage Operator and all excess mass vehicles must have an Authority to Operate – Heavy Haulage.

When operating an excess mass vehicle in Queensland you are required to comply with:

  • All conditions outlined in the Heavy Vehicle National Law excess mass exemption notice or access permit you are operating under

And

Failure to comply with these conditions may result in enforcement action.

Conditions of Operation Database

The conditions of operation database lists the latest changes and updates to road conditions, including:

  • conditions for an excess mass/excess dimension permit;
  • Queensland-wide conditions of operation applicable between 2 selected dates; and
  • Queensland-wide conditions have changed since a selected date.

Note: Due to regional government amalgamations, TMR is currently transitioning from a district to a regionally based structure that is consistent with the new Local Government boundaries. Until this transition is complete, the Conditions of Operation Database will refer to the older district boundaries maps.
The state-controlled road network is also available for route planning.

Approved Heavy Haulage Operator

To operate an excess mass vehicle in Queensland you are required to be registered as an Approved Heavy Haulage Operator.
To apply:

You will need to provide company details and a list of persons authorised to sign on behalf of the company for Access permits.

Authority to Operate – Heavy Haulage

To operate an excess mass Special Purpose Vehicle or Prime Mover in Queensland you must obtain an Authority to Operate for each individual vehicle.
To apply:

You will also need to to provide:

  • vehicle description and approved operating masses
  • evidence of TMR supervised weigh of the vehicle
  • for a prime mover, proof of manufacturer's maximum load rating for axle groups, gross vehicle mass and maximum gross combination mass.
Last updated
09 July 2019