Vehicle Standards Exemption Permit - New South Wales


If you own or operate a heavy vehicle you can apply for a permit that exempts your vehicle from meeting certain vehicle standards compliance requirements.

A heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes.

This permit will be issued if:

  • vehicle standards would prevent the heavy vehicle from operating for the purpose for which it was built
  • the heavy vehicle is an experimental, prototype or similar vehicle that cannot be reasonably expected to comply with vehicle standards or
  • the heavy vehicle was not required to comply with similar vehicle standards prior to the commencement of the national law.

This exemption permit may apply to one or more heavy vehicles.

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 permit, you must:

  • submit the approved form
  • pay the prescribed fee and
  • provide any other information requested.

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


For a period of no more than 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Heavy Vehicle National Law (NSW) New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Heavy Vehicle (General) National Regulation (NSW) New South Wales

Administering agency

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Vehicle Standards Unit

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Mailing address: PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006
Phone: 1300 696 487
Fax: 1300 736 798