Heavy vehicle offences
See the demerit points and fines associated with some heavy vehicle offences.
Heavy vehicle laws
You can face significant penalties for breaking heavy vehicle rules.
If you speed or overload a heavy vehicle, you face increased fines and demerit points. This is because heavy vehicles pose a greater danger to people and to public infrastructure if they are driven unsafely.
The aim of heavy vehicle laws are to make NSW roads safer for everyone. They encourage safe driving and management of heavy vehicles.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Heavy vehicle drivers and operators must comply with the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
See the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website for information about heavy vehicle law, penalties and demerit points.
Heavy vehicle offences and penalties
Overweight vehicle offences
It is an offence to load and drive a heavy vehicle with a greater load than it is designed for. This is because an overweight vehicle can:
- be more difficult to drive
- cause more harm to public safety or the environment
- damage road infrastructure.
There are significant penalties for a heavy vehicle driver and operator if a vehicle is too tall or too long for the road it is driving on. If you drive a heavy vehicle on a non-approved road, you could cause an accident, obstruct the road, or could have an effect on public amenity.
If you damage infrastructure by committing an over-dimension offence, you will receive:
- 6 demerit points
- a penalty notice of over $2200, or
- a maximum court penalty over $3700.
You will also need to compensate for the damage caused, including the cost of repairs.
Find the full list of offences and their penalties on Search demerit point offences.