COVID-19 Updates

New National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2021 (No.1) released

The Heavy Vehicle National Law National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2021 (No.1) (SPV Notice) was released on 5 May 2021, superseding the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2020 (No. 3).

The SPV Notice amends the previous edition by removing specified travel restrictions from the Queensland Schedule.

Access restrictions for Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) in south-east Queensland have been reviewed and SPVs have been given access to tunnels as part of the approved network, provided they meet all the requirements of the Notice and specified dimension limits.

Approved tunnels for SPV access 

  • Clem 7
  • Airport Link
  • Legacy Way

Dimension limits for SPVs in approved tunnels

Special Purpose Vehicles travelling in approved tunnels must not

  • exceed 2.9m wide
  • exceed 14.5m long
  • have a projection in front of the centre of the steering wheel exceeding
    • 5m for an SPV, or
    • 5m for an articulated steer crane (pick and carry) noting that for a projection exceeding 3.5m, further conditions apply (see below).

Conditions for articulated steering crane travel in tunnels 

When travelling in an approved tunnel with a forward projection (such as a boom) exceeding 3.5 metres, a tether must be fitted that meets all the following requirements:

  • be yellow and red in colour
  • be manufactured to a standard outlined in AS 4497-1997
  • be fitted from either of the travelling lugs of the boom to a lug at the front of the crane carrier as per the Crane Industry Council of Australia Tether Fitting Instructions Information Sheet which is available on the CICA webpage.
  • must not obscure the visibility of the mobile crane’s number plate.


Travel is not permitted on the South-East Freeway.  Southbound travel through the Clem 7 tunnel must use the Ipswich Road exit only.

Queensland Access Conditions Guide Update

The Queensland Access Conditions Guide has been updated to include the access conditions contained in the Queensland Schedule of the SPV Notice. The guide contains specific schedules that outline restrictions applying to different vehicle types that operate under a guideline, notice or permit.

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