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Road pothole patcher

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

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Conditional registration for pothole patchers

Road pothole patcher

A road pothole patcher, also known as a pothole repair machine, needs 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.

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

Find out how to apply for conditional registration for a pothole patcher.

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
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving SL1
Use only the shortest suitable route between depots and worksites GO5
Must travel in compact form to minimise dimensions Free text
Steering failure warning device / sign required
Note: Applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering only
SL99
Restricted to maximum speed of 45km/h. Maximum speed advisory sign required
Note: Applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering only
SP45

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 No
Headlights, tail, number plate and clearance lights Yes
Rear reflectors or reflective tape Yes
Side reflective tape Yes
Rear vision mirror(s) Yes
Horn 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 RWP
Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Conditional registration - PLNT

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN

Registration usage RDWK
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