Heavy tow trucks

Victoria has increased its mass and dimension limits for heavy tow trucks for the purposes of towing accident-damaged and disabled vehicles.

These increases also apply when towing disabled vehicles between premises. 

The Heavy Tow Truck bulletin [PDF 882 Kb] describes the four types of annual permits available for heavy tow trucks including tilt-tray trucks and low deck semi-trailers. The operating conditions and access provisions mentioned are applicable only for travel on the Victorian road network. Permits for travel outside Victoria will be assessed separately by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

When applying for permits, please attach certification from the vehicle manufacturer or a Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme (VASS) Engineer confirming the rating of individual axle groups and the addition of any aftermarket lazy axles.

Applications for permits are to be sent directly to the NHVR. For further information about the process visit the NHVR website.

Please note that heavy tow trucks operating under permit must not cross any restricted structures (black dots) shown on our Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) network map.

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