ADR 65 Maximum Road Speed Limiting for Heavy Goods Vehicles and Heavy Omnibuses - Victoria


You will need to comply with this Australian Design Rule if you intend to manufacture, import, or operate any of the following vehicles:

  • a prime mover built after 1987 with a GVM of more than 15 tonnes.
  • a bus built after 1987 with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 14.5 tonnes   
  • a bus built after 1 July 1991 with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 5 tonnes, up to 14.5 tonnes
  • a heavy goods vehicle built after July 1 of up to 300 horsepower
  • a heavy goods vehicle built after January of over 300 horsepower.

The maximum road speed capability for heavy vehicles designed for use in a 'road train' is to be determined by the relevant State or Territory authority. The maximum road speed capability of other heavy vehicles should not exceed 100 kilometres per hour (100km/h).

This rule does not apply to:

  • an emergency or police vehicle
  • a bus fitted with hand grips or similar equipment for standing passengers
  • a two axle prime mover that was built after 1987 but before July 1991 and is used for agriculture, horticulture or other primary production activities (excluding forestry, fishing and mining).

Service type

Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act 2013 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Heavy vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulations 2016 Victoria

Administering agency

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

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