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Road profiler or trimmer

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for road profilers or trimmers.

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What is a road profiler or trimmer?

A road profiler or road trimmer machine is used to remove asphalt and concrete before a new road is constructed.

You need a Car (Class C) licence to drive a road profiler or trimmer.

Conditional registration for road profilers

Road profilers 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.

Road profiler

See information about vehicle standards to see what standards apply.

Find out how to apply for conditional registration for a road profiler.

Oversize vehicle operators

Operators of oversize and overmass vehicles must comply with the conditions of the relevant access notice or permit. 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. Must be displayed at the rear of the vehicle. SL1
Vehicle to be floated from site to site (except that it can operate in areas designated in LO5) LO99
Use only within a defined area or construction zone LO5
Steering failure warning device / sign required if fitted with hydraulic steering
Note: Applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering only
Dual control vehicle sign required
Note: Applies to vehicles with dual control steering only

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 No
Rear reflectors No
Rear and side reflective tape Yes
Rear vision mirror(s) Yes
Horn 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 RWP
Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Conditional registration - PLNT

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN

Registration usage RDWK / RDWN if NRTC vehicle over 4.5 tonnes GVM
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