Find out the requirements that apply to your type of vehicle.
Passenger vehicles can include cars, vans, people-movers and some off-road vehicles.
Standards and differences of motorcycles and mopeds.
Goods vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 3500kg.
Trailers with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 3500kg.
Buses and taxis (including shuttles) that can carry passengers.
Light goods vehicles includes goods vans and utes.
These range from custom-built to purpose-built vehicles. Requirements for these vehicles vary depending on their size.
An electric vehicle (EV) has a different engine to a petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle – it is an electrical motor that is fuelled by a battery.
Agricultural and farm vehicles, and forklifts.
Power assisted cycles (bicycles fitted with motors) are the main low-powered vehicles recognised in transport law.
All-terrain vehicles include most quad bikes, smaller ‘side by sides’ and amphibious vehicles.
Vehicles are coming to market with ever-increasing levels of automation and in the future truly autonomous vehicles will be market ready.
This page describes specialist vehicles in the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016: passenger service vehicles, ground-spreader trucks, concrete mixers and rubbish trucks with compactors.
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