Dangerous goods vehicle licence

dangerous goods driver licence AND dangerous goods vehicle licence. is required if the vehicle;

  • is carrying any quantity of dangerous goods in a receptacle with a capacity of more than 500 litres; or
  • is carrying any receptacle containing more than 500 kilograms of dangerous goods.

Note: a receptacle is a container that holds the dangerous goods substance or article and is in contact with the substance or article. 

A dangerous goods driver licence or vehicle licence is not required if

  • the dangerous goods are in IBCs; and
  • the total capacity of the IBCs on the vehicle is no more than 3000 litres; and
  • no IBC is filled or emptied while on the vehicle.

Licences are issued for vehicles such as

  • trailers
  • rigid vehicles
  • B-double trailers
  • road-train trailers

Prime movers and converter dollies do not require a dangerous goods vehicle licence.

Licences are valid for one year and are nationally recognised.

Where multiple vehicles require a licence, they can all be included on a single licence containing details of each vehicle.

To apply for a dangerous goods vehicle licence

You must

  • complete the vehicle licence application form (PDF 1.4MB)
  • provide information about the vehicle such as its registration number and advise the class or classes of dangerous goods to be carried
  • hold an insurance policy for the vehicle that indemnifies the vehicle for the carriage of dangerous goods with a minimum of $5,000,000 cover for clean-up and emergency services costs
  • pay the licence application fee
  • provide a rear image of the vehicle showing the number plate and vehicle type.

For tank vehicles, you must also provide

  • the date of the last hydrostatic test carried out on the vehicle (if applicable)
  • an image of the tank compliance plate showing a valid design approval number and the tank serial number
  • for heavy vehicle tank trailers, details of the roll stability system (RSS) fitted

RSS is mandatory for ALL dangerous goods heavy vehicle tank trailers operated in NSW.

See Approval of a dangerous goods road tank vehicle design for more information.

Fees

  • New licence: $87 per vehicle
  • Additional vehicle(s) on current licence: $87 per vehicle
  • Licence renewal: $87 per vehicle
  • Transfer of licence: $11
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