Material transfer vehicle

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for material transfer vehicles.

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What is a material transfer vehicle?

A material transfer vehicle (MTV) is used to receive and deliver asphalt. MTVs can store, heat and transfer asphalt to other road construction vehicles.

You need a Car (Class C) licence to drive a material transfer vehicle.

Conditional registration for material transfer vehicles

Material transfer vehicle

Material transfer vehicles 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 material transfer vehicle.

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.

Conditions of use

The following minimum conditions apply to conditional registration.

Condition Code
Daylight / floodlit worksite use only TD1
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving SL1
Vehicle to be floated from site to site (except that it can travel in areas designated in LO5) LO99
Use only within a defined area where a traffic control plan applies LO5
Steering failure warning device, warning sign and Maximum Speed Advisory sign required
Note: Applies only to vehicles with hydraulic steering fitted
‘Left-hand drive’ or ‘Dual Control’ sign required depending on construction
Note: Applies only where left-hand drive or dual control steering controls fitted

Equipment requirements

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

Equipment Daylight/floodlit use
Amber rotating beacon Yes
Brake and turn lights No
Headlights, tail, number plate and clearance lights No
Rear reflectors No
Rear and side reflective tape Yes
Rear vision mirror(s) Yes
Horn Yes


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

Transport for NSW office use

Code Type Code
Vehicle shape RWP
Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Conditional registration - PLNT

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN

Registration usage RDWK / RDWN if the vehicle is over 4.5 tonnes GVM
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