Dump truck – rigid/articulated

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for dump trucks.

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What is a rigid or articulated dump truck?

Dump trucks are used to transport large amounts of soil and hard fill on construction sites and mining operations.

Rigid dump trucks are suited to well-maintained road networks, whereas articulated dump trucks are able to transport loads on varying road grades or in poor weather.

You need a Car (Class C) licence to drive a dump truck.

Conditional registration for dump trucks

Dump truck - rigid v2

Dump trucks need to be conditionally registered to be used on public roads and road-related areas.

Conditional registration gives you limited road access to perform specific functions.

You cannot get conditional registration if a vehicle that complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the Australian Design Rules can be used to perform the same function.

See information about vehicle standards to see what standards apply.

Find out how to apply for conditional registration for a dump truck.

Oversize vehicle operators

Vehicles that go beyond the dimension and weight limits must comply with the conditions of the relevant access notice or permit. To find out the conditions for:

  • NSW permits – contact Special Permits Unit on 1300 656 371
  • interstate permits – contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487.

Vehicle requirements

Dump trucks must meet all the following vehicle conditions to apply for conditional registration:

  • Rigid/articulated off-road dump trucks must be within Transport for NSW's approval for length (12.5m), width (2.5m), height (4.3m) and weight limits.
  • Vehicles that have a compliance plate or built on a truck-based chassis are not eligible for conditional registration and are subject to full registration and national heavy vehicle charges.

Conditions of use

The following minimum conditions apply to conditional registration.

Daylight / floodlit worksite use only
Note: Does not apply if vehicle if fitted with 24 hour use equipment requirements above
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving.SL1
Speed limited to 40km/hSP40
Vehicle to be floated from site to site (except that it can travel in areas designated in LO5)LO99
Use only within a defined construction zone where a traffic control plan appliesLO5
Not to be operated on a sealed road if carrying any loadFree text
Steering failure warning device, warning label and Maximum Speed Advisory sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering.
‘Left-hand drive’ sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicles with left-hand steering fitted

Equipment requirements

To receive conditional registration you must ensure that the following equipment requirements are met.

EquipmentDaylight/floodlit use24 hour use
Amber rotating beaconYesYes
Brake and turn lightsYesYes
Headlights, tail, number plate lights and clearance lightsNoYes
Rear reflectors or rear reflective tapeYesYes
Side reflectors or side reflective tapeNoYes
Rear vision mirror(s)YesYes


All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified in Schedule 2 of:

Transport for NSW office use

Code TypeCode
Vehicle shapeRWP
Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Conditional registration - PLNT

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN

Registration usageNot applicable
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