Trenchers 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 a trencher.
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.
|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 it can operate in areas designated in LO3)||LO99|
|Restricted to designated areas / routes||LO3 + free text|
|Steering failure warning device / sign required
Note: Applies only to vehicle with hydraulic steering
To receive conditional registration you must ensure that the following equipment requirements are met.
|Amber rotating beacon||Yes|
|Brake and turn lights||Yes|
|Headlights, tail, number plate and clearance lights||No|
|Rear and side reflective tape||No|
|Rear vision mirror(s)||Yes|
All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified in Schedule 2 of:
- Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017 for light vehicles, or
- Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation (NSW).
Transport for NSW office use
|Vehicle shape||EWP / RWP|
|Compulsory Third Party insurance class||
Conditional registration - PLNT
Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN
|Registration usage||PLNT / RDWK / RDWN (if NRTC vehicle over 4.5 tonnes GVM)|