Heavy Vehicle Industry

Useful Links

For information relevant to Industry & Business, use the following links:

Conditions of Operation Database

Excess Mass and Excess Dimension Guidelines

For information on any heavy vehicle and freight restrictions that may be in place, use the following link:

Heavy Vehicle Industry Road Report

For information on QLD Government Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas, use the following links:

Interactive Map of Queensland Government Heavy Vehicle Rest Sites


For information for a prime contractor and driver of a road vehicle transporting dangerous goods and their obligations, use the following links:

Australian Dangerous Goods Code
Transporting dangerous goods by road 

For information on closed and restricted state-controlled roads due to wet weather and flooding, use the following link:

Fact sheet for Heavy Vehicle Industry

For information regarding M1 Heavy Vehicle Lane Restrictions, use the following link:

Download the printable information sheet about the restrictions. (PDF, 2.5MB)

Heavy Vehicle Industry Road Report

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Road Report can be cross referenced with the Road Freight Network to assess your journey.

This report is automatically updated every hour from information stored within the QLDTraffic system.

To speak with the Heavy Vehicle Road Operations Program Office in regards to information on flood-affected, heavy vehicle routes and Flood Recovery Permit applications, please call the Heavy Vehicle Road Operations Program Office on 1300 105 647 between 8.30am-5.00pm Monday-Friday.

Click to subscribe to a daily/weekly email update for the temporary disaster related Heavy Vehicle Mass and Dimension Restrictions.

State-controlled Road Freight Network

The State-controlled Road Freight Network is a PDF map view of the key, state-controlled freight routes throughout Queensland.

State-controlled Road Freight Network (PDF, 1.8MB)

Queensland Government Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas

The Queensland Government is committed to helping Heavy Vehicle drivers make more informed travel decisions. National reforms to combat heavy vehicle driver fatigue are in effect on Queensland roads. These laws are about making the roads safer and fairer, not just for heavy vehicle drivers, but for all road users.

Excess Mass and Dimension Conditions of Operations

Vehicles operating under excess mass and/or excess dimension guidelines or permits can potentially damage the road infrastructure and effect the safety of other road users.

To reduce the risks associated with the use of these vehicles, conditions of operation may be imposed on their operation.

General conditions of operation are included in the excess mass and excess dimension guidelines link above; conditions of operation for specific operations are issued with excess mass permits and Letters of No Objection (LONO).

It is the vehicle operator's responsibility to ensure compliance with current conditions of operation.
To ensure operators meet the responsibility, a Conditions of Operation Database for the state-controlled road network has been developed for public use. To access the Condition of Operation Database, click the link at the top of the page

M1 Heavy Vehicle Lane Restrictions

From 1 August 2017, truck lane restrictions came into place on the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Springwood (Exit 20) and Robina (Exit 79). 
The M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is Queensland’s busiest road and a key freight route. More than 148,000 vehicles travel on the M1 each day, including around 12,000 heavy vehicles. Given these traffic volumes, it is sensitive to traffic congestion, particularly when traffic accidents occur.

  • Trucks with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) over 4.5t are restricted to travelling in the left 2 lanes in both directions between Springwood and Robina.
Affected trucks:
  • A truck is defined as a vehicle that weighs 4.5t or more (does not include a bus).
  • The 4.5t relates only to the GVM and excludes any trailer attached to the vehicle.
Trucks are:
  • Permitted to use the 2 left lanes only 24 hours a day from 1 August 2017.
  • Able to overtake other vehicles, if it is safe to do so, but they must not travel outside the 2 left lanes to do so.
  • Allowed to travel in the right lane to avoid an obstruction on the road, only for the time it takes to clear the obstruction (for example, debris) and if it is safe to do so.
  • Not permitted to travel outside of the 2 left lanes, even if traffic is slow or stopped.

Lane restriction offence penalties:
Fines apply if a truck driver fails to comply with the terms of these restrictions.

The fine for an individual is $126 and 3 demerit points, or $630 for businesses.

Queensland Police Service will enforce the truck lane restrictions.