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

  Heavy vehicle licence fees (2017/2018)

Pay online

Don't have a DoTDirect online account? If your renewal account is current, you can still pay online by credit card using our online payment facility.

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DoTDirect online account - payments

View your boat registration, vehicle and driver's licence information in the one convenient location from a single login with DoTDirect online account.

You can pay your renewals through your DoTDirect online account.

For more information and frequently asked questions visit the Online account page.

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Look up your account details

You must have your account number to use this option.

Please contact 13 11 56 if you have misplaced or lost your account number.

Accounts payable with a credit card

  • Boat registration.
  • Debit advice notice.
  • Driver licence renewal. *
  • Jetty renewal licence.
  • Vehicle failure to return plates final demand.
  • Vehicle failure to return plates infringement.
  • Vehicle licence renewals (light and heavy). **
  • Vehicle licence transfer final demand.
  • Vehicle licence transfer infringement.
  • Vehicle licence transfer.

* When a photograph is not required.
** Also referred to as 'registration' or 'rego'.

Or please use BPAY®

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Accounts payable with BPAY®

  • Boat registration.
  • Debit advice notice.
  • Driver licence renewal. *
  • Seasonal vehicle licence renewal.
  • Vehicle expired defect notice final demand.
  • Vehicle expired defect notice infringement.
  • Vehicle failure to return plates final demand.
  • Vehicle failure to return plates infringement.
  • Vehicle licence renewal (light and heavy). **
  • Vehicle licence transfer final demand.
  • Vehicle licence transfer infringement.
  • Vehicle licence transfer.

* When a photograph is not required.
** Also referred to as 'registration' or 'rego'.

Not sure how to use BPAY?

Please read our fact sheet below.

Our online systems are generally unavailable between pm Sunday and am Monday, Western Standard Time.

National driver work diary

Fee type Fee
National driver work diary $25.00

Heavy vehicle administration fee

Fee type Fee
Standard administration recording fee $12.10

Rigid truck: Gross Vehicle Mass exceeding 4,500 kg (no trailer) fees

Fee type Fee
Rigid truck with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (1R2 class) $472.00
Rigid truck with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (2R2 class) $812.00
Rigid truck with 3 axles not exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (1R3 class) $812.00
Rigid truck with 3 axles exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (2R3 class) $1,069.00
Rigid truck with 4 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R4 class) $812.00
Rigid truck with 5 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R5 class) $812.00
Rigid truck with 4 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R4 class) $1,069.00
Rigid truck with 5 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R5 class) $1,069.00

Rigid truck: Towing one trailer, maximum 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (SR2 class) $812.00
Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (SR3 class) $1,069.00
Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (SR4 class) $1,984.00
Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (SR5 class) $1,984.00

Rigid truck: Towing one trailer, more than 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (MR2 class) $7,262.00
Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (MR3 class) $7,262.00
Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (MR4 class) $7,843.00
Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (MR5 class) $7,843.00

Rigid truck: Towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 2 trailers (LR2 class) $10,014.00
Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 2 trailers (LR3 class) $10,014.00
Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 2 trailers (LR4 class) $10,014.00
Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 2 trailers (LR5 class) $10,014.00

Prime mover: Towing one trailer fees

Fee type Fee
Prime mover with 2 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP2 class) $1,246.00
Prime mover with 3 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP3 class) $4,896.00
Prime mover with 4 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP4 class) $5,385.00
Prime mover with 5 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP5 class) $5,385.00

Prime mover: Towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Prime mover with 2 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC2 class) $8,786.00
Prime mover with 3 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC3 class) $8,786.00
Prime mover with 4 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC4 class) $9,664.00
Prime mover with 5 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC5 class) $9,664.00

Trailers: Including dollies fees

Fee type Fee
1 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT1 class) $472.00
2 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT2 class) $944.00
3 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT3 class) $1,416.00
4 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT4 class) $1,888.00
5 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT5 class) $2,360.00

Buses: Seating capacity over 12 with a Gross Vehicle Mass over 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Buses with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg (1B2 class) $472.00
Buses with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg (2B2 class) $472.00
Buses with 3 axles (2B3 class) $2,600.00
Articulated Buses with 3 axles (AB3 class) $472.00
FINAL_LBU_P_Fees_201718_Complete.pdf icon All driver and vehicle related fees (2017/2018) 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: Wed Dec 13 2017 1:50:27 PM