Scraper: Registration, uses and equipment

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

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What is a scraper?

A scraper is a heavy machine used to move or level large amounts of earth at one time, for road construction and on mining sites.

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

Conditional registration for scrapers


Scrapers 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 scraper.

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

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

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 LO7 and LO8 in accordance with LO6) LO99
Operate under Ministerial exemption for construction vehicle LO6
Only to cross a road or road related area between worksites LO7
Operate under vehicle control plan approved by a roads authority LO8
Use only within a worksite or construction zone Free text
Steering failure warning device / sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering.
Restricted to a maximum speed of 45km/h. Maximum speed advisory sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering.

Equipment requirements

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

  • Red reflective tape can only be used at the rear of the vehicle if rear red reflectors cannot be fitted or are not incorporated into the rear lamps. If clearance lamps are not fitted, overdimension vehicles must be equipped with delineators to indicate vehicle extremities.
  • Occupant restraint for operator/driver must be fitted.
Equipment Daylight/floodlit use
Amber rotating beacon Yes
Brake and turn lights Yes
Headlights, tail and number plate lights Yes
Rear reflectors Yes
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 RWP
Compulsory Third Party insurance class Conditional registration - PLNT
Registration usage Not applicable
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