Hay and Silage Transport Regulations
When transporting hay and silage it is important that you adhere to the regulations in the state jurisdiction you are operating in. Now the majority of these documents can be found on the NHVR website on the Transitional notices or State HVNL notices pages. The following is a summary of the key resources for transport regulations, load restraints and appropriate Gazette notices (where available) for each state and territory. To find them on the NHVR website either scroll down on the above links or search for the relevant document in the search box.
The table below summarises the current notices in effect that would allow hay to be transported at 4.6m high and/or at extra width.
For further information, please contact the NHVR at https://www.nhvr.gov.au/contact-us
|ACT||Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) 4.6m High Vehicle Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1)|
|NSW||Class 3 Baled Agricultural Commodities Load Exemption Notice 2012|
|NSW||New South Wales and Queensland class 3 heavy vehicle 4.6m high loaded semitrailer dimension exemption (notice) 2014 (no. 1)|
|QLD||New South Wales and Queensland class 3 heavy vehicle 4.6m high loaded semitrailer dimension exemption (notice) 2014 (no. 1)|
|SA||Transport of Large Rectangular Baled Hay|
|SA||Operation of B-double vehicles carting rectangular Baled Hay loaded to a height of 4.6m|
|SA||Exemption for the transport of baled wool and/or baled hay to exceed a width of 2.5 metres|
|SA||Exemption for the transport of sheaved hay to exceed a width of 2.5 metres|
|TAS||Tasmania and Victoria Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Baled Hay Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)|
|VIC||Tasmania and Victoria Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Baled Hay Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)|
Source – Main Roads Western Australia
Restricted Access Vehicle Oversize Divisible Products Prime Mover, Trailer Combinations Period Permit Operating Conditions
Division 4 – Special exemption for transport of hay. Download by clicking here.
Source – Department of Transport
Heavy Vehicles Oversize and Overmass Vehicles / Loads. Download by clicking here.
Other useful links
Notices that must be carried – lists the gazette notices that are legally required to be carried by drivers of heavy vehicles operating under those notices. Download the list of gazette notices here
National Load Restraint Guidelines – The load restraint Guide is available for download from the National Transport Commission NTC. Download the load restraint guide here.
Please note that AFIA takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information and simply provides this resource as a tool to help our members. We will continue to work on keeping these links up to date however if you find that a link is down or believe that there is a more recent version of a document please let us know.