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HVNL – exemption notice published


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has published a mass and dimension exemption notice under the Heavy Vehicle National Law for Victorian Class 1 heavy vehicles. 

This applies to all Class 1 heavy vehicles in Victoria, including four-axle and five-axle all-terrain mobile cranes. The driver and operator of an eligible vehicle is exempted from complying with legislation regulating the use of heavy vehicles including, but not limited to, compliance with:

  • all mass and dimension requirements in the HVNL, other than the mass or dimension requirements from which the vehicle is exempted under the Notice;
  • traffic signs, including mass and dimension limit traffic signs;
  • vehicle standards in the HVNL; and
  • lawful directions of authorised officers.
  • Eligible vehicles for the exemption must not exceed these limits: 
  • 16.5m length; 
  • rear overhang of the lesser of 4.0m and 90% of the wheelbase; 
  • 3.5m width; and 
  • a projection in front of the centre of the steering wheel of 3.5m.

Other conditions include the section width of each tyre must be at least 445mm and, if the vehicle has the centre of a steering control to the left of the vehicle, it must display a ‘left hand drive’ and either be fitted with a closed circuit TV system or be accompanied by a pilot vehicle. 

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