Telescopic handler

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for telescopic handlers

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What is a telescopic handler?

A telescopic handler, also known as a telehandler or teleporter, is used to stack and transport hay bales.

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

Conditional registration for telescopic handlers

Telescopic handler

Telescopic handlers 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 telescopic handlers.

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 is can operate in areas designated in LO3) LO99
Restricted to designated areas / routes LO3 + free text

Farming purposes only

Note: Only applies to Compulsory Third Party insurance class: FARM. A

Declaration of Eligibility for a Registration Concession (PDF 304.91KB) must be presented with the Application for Conditional Registration (PDF 373.69KB) .
Use only within a defined area or construction zone LO5
Must not carry a load when on a road Free text
Must operate in compact form with attachments removed when on a road Free text
Steering failure warning device / sign required
Note: Applies only for vehicles with hydraulic steering
Left-hand drive sign required
Note: Applies only where left-hand drive 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 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:

Code Type Code
Vehicle shape FLP / LLP
Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Note: If FARM or UFRM, a

Declaration of Eligibility for a Registration Concession (PDF 304.91KB) must be presented with the Application for Conditional Registration (PDF 373.69KB) .
Conditional registration - PLNT / FARM
Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN / UFRM
Registration usage PLNT
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