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Register a heavy vehicle

A heavy vehicle is a vehicle that weighs over 4.5t gross vehicle mass (GVM).

Get a quote for your vehicle’s registration

The registration cost for a heavy vehicle depends on the:

  • vehicle type
  • number of axles.

The vehicle type and number of axles are reflected in the charge code listed on a heavy vehicle’s registration.

Note: Federal interstate versions of the vehicles listed below will have the same charge codes as their non-federal interstate equivalent. For example, a prime mover and federal interstate prime mover with the same number of axles will have the same charge code.

Charge codes

Prime mover

A prime mover is a short combination prime mover designed to tow 1 semi-trailer. A semi-trailer is a trailer that:

  • has 1 axle group towards the rear
  • is attached to its towing vehicle
    • using a turntable or fifth wheel coupling
    • in a way that results in some of the load being imposed on the towing vehicle.

A dolly and semi-trailer used together are regarded as 1 trailer.

Number of axles Charge codes
2 SP2
3 SP3
4/5 SP4/SP5 (same fee applies)

Prime mover road train

Number of axles Charge codes
2/3 MC2/MC3 (same fee applies)
4/5 MC4/MC5 (same fee applies)

Truck road train

A truck road train is a long combination truck road train nominated that hauls 2 or more trailers—excluding dolly.

Number of axles Charge codes
2/3/4/5 LR2/LR3/LR4/LR5 (same fee applies)

Prime mover B-double

A prime mover B-double is a prime mover hauling 2 semi-trailers where the second semi is a mounted B-double. Body shapes include a combination of prime mover and semi-trailers.

Number of axles Charge codes
2/3 MC2/MC3 (same fee applies)
4/5 MC4/MC5 (same fee applies)

Rigid truck

A rigid truck means a rigid motor vehicle built mainly as a load carrying vehicle. A load carrying vehicle means a vehicle designed and built to carry goods in addition to any fuel, water, lubricants, tools and any other equipment or accessories necessary for the vehicle’s normal operation.

Weight Number of axles Charge codes
Up to 12t GVM 2 1R2
Up to 16t GVM 3/4/5 1R3/1R4/1R5 (same fee applies)
Over 12t GVM 2 2R2
Over 16.5t GVM 3 2R3
Over 20t GVM 4/5 2R4/2R5 (same fee applies)

Short combination truck tractor

A short combination truck designed to carry 1 trailer—excluding dolly. It has less than 7 axles and up to 42.5t total operating mass.

Number of axles Charge codes
2 SR2
3 SR3
4/5 SR4/SR5 (same fee applies)

Medium combination truck tractor

A medium combination truck designed to carry 1 trailer—excluding dolly. It has 7 axles or more, or more than 42.5t total operating mass.

Number of axles Charge codes
2/3 MR2/MR3 (same fee applies)
4/5 MR4/MR5 (same fee applies)

Trailers with an aggregated trailer mass more than 4.5 tonne

The following rules apply for determining charge codes and registration costs:

  • 2 axles—less than 1m apart are counted as 1 axle
  • 3 axles—2m or less apart are counted as 2 axles
  • 4 axles—less than 3.2m apart are counted as 3 axles
Number of axles Charge code—dog Charge code—Dolly Charge code—Pig B-double and B-triple lead or middle trailer Semi-trailer
1 TD1 TY1 TP1 TL1 TS1
2 TD2 TY2 TP2 TL2 TS2
3 TD3 TY3 TP3 TL3 TS3
4 TD4 TY4 TP4 TL4 TS4
5 TD5 TY5 TP5 TL5 TS5
6 TD6 TY6 TP6 TL6 TS6

Bus

A motor vehicle designed mainly to carry 10 seated adults or more, including the driver.

Weight Number of axles Charge codes
Up to 12t GVM 2 1B2
Up to 16t GVM 2 2B2
Over 12t GVM 3/4/5 2B3/2B4/2B5 (same fee applies)

Articulated bus

Number of axles Charge codes
3/4 AB3/AB4 (same fee applies)

Renewing your registration

Find out how to renew your registration if your heavy vehicle is currently registered in Queensland. You should receive a renewal notice about 4 weeks before your registration expires.

Heavy vehicle information

Visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for national laws.

Last updated
30 June 2014

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