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 (registration) fees (2018/2019)

Heavy vehicle licence: Administration fee

Fee type Fee
Standard heavy vehicle licence administration recording fee $11.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Buses, seating capacity over 12, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Buses with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg (1B2 class) $484.00
Vehicle licence: Buses with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg (2B2 class) $484.00
Vehicle licence: Buses with 3 axles (2B3 class) $2,665.00
Vehicle licence: Buses with 3 or 4 axles (2B4 class) $2,665.00
Vehicle licence: Articulated Buses with 3 axles (AB3 class) $484.00
Vehicle licence: Articulated Buses with 4 axles (AB4 class) $484.00

Heavy vehicle licence: HC and MC class fees

Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by various providers. MC and HC class restriction removal: Suitable HR vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from HC and MC classes. When this option is used, the class restriction removal fee is applied.
Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers:
MC driver's licence class application $44.70
MC driver's licence class restriction removal $196.15
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department of Transport/Police:
HC driver's licence class application $205.55
HC driver's licence class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $44.70
HC driver's licence supplementary Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) $196.15
HC driver's licence class restriction removal $196.15
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers:
HR/HC driver's licence class application $44.70
HR/HC driver's licence class $196.15

Heavy vehicle licence: Prime mover, towing one trailer fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 2 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP2 class) $1,277.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 3 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP3 class) $5,018.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 4 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP4 class) $5,520.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 5 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP5 class) $5,520.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Prime mover, towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 2 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC2 class) $9,006.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 3 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC3 class) $9,006.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 4 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC4 class) $9,906.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 5 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC5 class) $9,906.00

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

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (1R2 class) $484.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (2R2 class) $832.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles not exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (1R3 class) $832.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (2R3 class) $1,095.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R4 class) $832.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R5 class) $832.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R4 class) $1,095.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R5 class) $1,095.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing one trailer, maximum 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (SR2 class) $832.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (SR3 class) $1,095.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (SR4 class) $2,034.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (SR5 class) $2,034.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing one trailer, more than 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (MR2 class) $7,444.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (MR3 class) $7,444.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (MR4 class) $8,039.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (MR5 class) $8,039.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 2 trailers (LR2 class) $10,264.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 2 trailers (LR3 class) $10,264.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 2 trailers (LR4 class) $10,264.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 2 trailers (LR5 class) $10,264.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, Trailers, including dollies fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: 1 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT1 class) $484.00
Vehicle licence: 2 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT2 class) $968.00
Vehicle licence: 3 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT3 class) $1,452.00
Vehicle licence: 4 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT4 class) $1,936.00
Vehicle licence: 5 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT5 class) $2,420.00

  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: Tue Aug 28 2018 12:22:03 PM