Snow bus

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

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What is a snow bus?

A snow bus uses tracks instead of regular tyres to transport people or goods in areas with heavy snowfall, such as a ski field.

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

Conditional registration for snow bus

Snow bus

Snow buses 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 snow bus.

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
Only to operate in the area authorised by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service OL99
Vehicle to be floated from site to site LO99
Transport for NSW inspection required GO90
Must meet requirements of Vehicle inspectors bulletin 13 - Over-snow vehicles (PDF 143.4KB) GO91
Not to exceed manufacturer’s seating capacity GO89
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving SL1
Steering failure warning device / sign required

Note: Applies only to vehicle with hydraulic steering


Equipment requirements

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

Equipment 24 Hour use
Amber rotating beacon Yes
Brake and turn lights Yes
Headlights and tail lights Yes
Rear reflectors Yes
Side reflective tape Yes
Rear vision mirror(s) Yes
Horn Yes
Seating capacity displayed Yes
Passenger handles 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 OSB
Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Conditional registration - MVEH

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - N/A

Registration usage Not applicable
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