Rock buggies: Registration, uses and equipment

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for rock buggies.

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What is a rock buggy?

A rock buggy is a mini site dumper or front tipper, used to transport small loads of earth or hard fill.

You need a Car (Class C) licence to drive a rock buggy.

Rock buggy (site dumper)

Conditional registration for rock buggies

Rock buggies 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 rock buggy.

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 operate in areas designated in LO3) LO99
Restricted to designated areas / routes LO3 + free text
Steering failure warning device / sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering. The maximum speed 45 km/h advisory sign is required where practicable.

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 Yes
Headlights, tail, number plate and clearance lights No
Rear reflectors Yes
Rear and side reflective tape No
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 DTP

Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Note: If FARM or UFRM, a must be presented with the


Application for Conditional Registration (PDF 373.69KB) .

Conditional registration - PLNT / FARM

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN / UFRM

Registration usage PLNT / RDWK / PPG
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