Scrap Metal Exemption Authority - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this authority if you intend to collect motor vehicles for transportation to a scrap metal facility. This authority does not authorise you to undertake towing work that involves transporting motor vehicles to a facility for repair, reuse or resale.

Ordinarily, the operator of a tow truck is required to hold an operator's licence. This authority is an exemption from that requirement. Its purpose is to make the requirements for licensing less onerous for businesses operating crane-type tow trucks that solely transport motor vehicles destined for scrap metal recycling.

Any tow truck you use in your business must be a crane mounted tow truck. This approval does not authorise you to use a tilt table top tow truck. Any person you employ or engage to tow is also exempt from the requirement to hold a tow truck driver's certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this authority you must:

  • Ensure that your business is incorporated, or that you have a registered business name;
  • Satisfy the agency that you are a suitable and competent person to collect motor vehicles for transportation to a scrap metal facility;
  • Ensure that all persons involved in your business are of good reputation;
  • Hold public liability insurance for your business;
  • Complete the relevant form; and
  • Pay the required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


2 years.





Metro per tow truck.




Country per tow truck.

Administering agency

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
Road Services

Act(s) name

Tow Truck Industry Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Tow Truck Industry Regulation 2008 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Tow Truck Licensing and Compliance
Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
Road Services

Operating address:
27 - 31 Argyle Street
New South Wales 2150
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5054
New South Wales 2124




02 88492075

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