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Quad bike and all-terrain vehicles

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for quad bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATV).

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What is a quad bike or ATV?

Quad bikes are four-wheel vehicles with a saddle-style seat.

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) are four-wheeled vehicles that often have seatbelts, side-by-side seating and a roll-over protection cage.

You need a Car (Class C) licence to drive a quad bike or ATV.

Conditional registration for quad bikes and ATVs

All-terrain vehicle

Quad bikes and ATVs 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 instead.

Quad bikes and ATVs 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 instead.

See information about vehicle standards to see what standards apply.

Local councils and their weed control contractors may conditionally register quad bikes or ATVs for weed spraying operations by providing a letter stating:

  • the vehicle is approved for such operations by the manufacturer
  • the spray tank is compatible with the vehicle and will not destabilise it regardless of the percentage the spray tank is filled
  • when full, the combined weight of the spray tank and ancillary equipment will not be operated on slopes that exceed the manufacturer’s specifications for such operations
  • the operator has undertaken accredited training in operating the vehicle.

Find out how to apply for conditional registration for a quad bike or ATV.

Oversize or overmass dimensions

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

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

  • used mostly off-road or in off-road related areas, only needing limited access to the road network
  • limited mixing with general traffic on sealed roads
  • floated from site to site, unless a designated route or area of operation has been approved by a service centre manager.

Acceptable uses of quad bikes and ATVs

These are some of acceptable ways to use your quad bike or ATV. The following list is not exhaustive:

  • primary producers for farming purposes
  • Surf life saving clubs on their specified beach
  • Rural Lands Protection Boards for Board work
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, their approved lessees or contractors. If operating in national parks, use is restricted to specific areas approved by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife service
  • Forests NSW, their approved lessees or contractors for forest management operations
  • Game Council NSW in State forests for operational purposes under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 or Forestry Act 1916. Use is restricted to specific areas approved by Forests NSW
  • Essential Energy for the delivery of electricity services within their network area when a complying vehicle cannot be used.

For use of ATVs on Stockton Beach Recreation Vehicle Area, see recreation vehicles.

Conditions of use

The following minimum conditions apply to conditional registration.

Condition Code
Daylight / floodlit worksite use only
Note: Not required if vehicle has headlights, tail and number plate lights
TD1
Excluded from built up areas LO2
Speed limited – the lesser of manufacturer’s speed limit or 50 km/h SP50
Vehicle to be floated from site to site (except that it can operate in areas designated in GO93 or LO3) LO99
Use only for farming purposes OR GO93
Restricted to designated areas / routes LO3 + free text specifying area

Additional mandatory conditions for weed spraying

Condition Code
Weed spraying by councils with speed limited to 40 km/h Free text: Weed spraying by [insert name] council with speed limited to 40km/h and omit SP50
Weed spraying by councils with speed limited to 40 km/h Must not be used within 3 metres of the sealed / formed road, except for the purpose of crossing a road / loading / unloading Free text

Equipment requirements

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

Equipment Daylight/floodlit use 24 hour use
Amber rotating beacon No No
Brake and turn lights Yes Yes
Headlights, tail, number plate lights and clearance lights No Yes
Rear reflectors Yes Yes
Rear vision mirror(s) Yes Yes
Horn Yes Yes

Lighting

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 ATV

Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Note: If FARM or UFRM, a

Declaration of Eligibility for a Registration Concession (PDF, 292.37 KB) must be presented with the Application for Conditional Registration (PDF, 372.68 KB)

 

Conditional registration - MVEH / FARM

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - ULRL / UFRM

Registration usage Not applicable
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