Change use of heavy vehicle

All heavy vehicles have a nominated heavy vehicle use category (NHVC). This page provides the guidelines on how to change the use of a heavy vehicle.

  Nominated heavy vehicle category (NHVC)

All heavy vehicles have a nominated heavy vehicle use category (NHVC). The NHVC determines the maximum number of trailers the heavy vehicle is permitted to tow. A vehicle may operate in any combination equal to or less than its nominated category.

  How to nominate a change in heavy vehicle use

DoTDirect online

Heavy vehicle use can be changed quickly and easily through your DoTDirect account.

DoTDirect is a suite of applications and tools that are designed to make your life easier by letting you do certain licensing transactions online. DoTDirect is quick and easy to use wherever you are, leaving you more time to do whatever it is you like to do. Save time pay online.

Please note: Heavy vehicle use for vehicles with a body type code of 'MULTI' cannot be updated using the DOTDirect self-service facility.

Change in heavy vehicle use form (VL184)

You may also complete the change in heavy vehicle use form below. Please note that the NHVC must be changed prior to the journey. Penalties will apply if a heavy vehicle uses more trailers than the towing vehicle is registered to haul.

LBU_F_VL_184_HeavyVehicleUse.pdf icon Change in heavy vehicle use (Form VL184) Kb

Lodge the completed change in heavy vehicle use form as follows;

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
At your nearest Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent     1300 223 239 Email

  Certificate of variation

Every time a change in NHVC has been actioned by DoT, a certificate of variation is sent to the owner.

  Heavy vehicle licence renewals

Vehicle licence renewal notices are mailed to owners up to 6 weeks prior to the expiry date and will be calculated at the current nominated heavy vehicle use and also includes any accumulated overcharges and undercharges.

Heavy vehicles may be registered for 3, 6 or 12 month periods.

  Licence fees for heavy vehicles

Licence fees imposed on heavy vehicles depends upon the NHVC in which they will be used. The NHVC is determined by aggregate weight and/or axles combination and number of trailers towed.

The vehicle owner must nominate and inform the Department of Transport (DoT) of the configuration in which they intend to use the vehicle.

Vehicle owners or their representatives may change the NHVC of the vehicle as often as they wish. They must complete a change in heavy vehicle use form whenever a NHVC is changed.

Changes of the NHVC are valid from the date (and time) recorded for lodgement of each new nomination form. For the portion of the day of advice of change, the whole of the day will be charged at the higher rate.

LBU_F_VL_184_HeavyVehicleUse.pdf icon Change in heavy vehicle use (Form VL184) Kb

  Penalties

The NHVC must be changed prior to the journey. Penalties will apply if a heavy vehicle uses more trailers than the towing vehicle is registered to haul.

 

Page last updated: Fri Apr 20 2018 8:29:40 AM