Conditional registration is for vehicles that don’t comply with the construction and equipment requirements of the Australian Design Rules (ADR’s) (external website) and vehicle standards; and need limited access to the road network to perform specific functions. If a vehicle that complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the ADR’s, conditional registration is not offered. Examples of vehicles requiring conditional registration include:
- agricultural vehicles
- construction vehicles
- purpose built vehicles
- oversnow vehicles
- left-hand drive vehicles
- Special Work Vehicles Type 1 & 2.
If suitable operating conditions cannot be imposed on a vehicle to overcome or moderate performance deficiencies when travelling on the road network, then the vehicle will not be registered.
VicRoads has the discretion to impose any reasonable condition, consistent with ensuring safety of all road users. Conditions will be tailored to suit the particular vehicle and its use and may include:
- requiring additional or alternative equipment
- reducing exposure (e.g. restricting speeds, hours of use, and operating range)
- requiring additional operative personnel or escort vehicles
- specifying additional protective gear for occupants
- fitting warning signs
- restrictions on towing vehicle masses.
- In addition to a standard registration certificate, label, and set of number plates; operators of conditionally registered vehicles are issued with a Certificate of Approved Operations. This outlines the conditions imposed on the vehicle when driven on a road or road related area. The
- are listed in the table below.
- The Certificate of Approved Operations must be carried in the vehicle at all times for enforcement purposes.
Special Work Vehicles Type 1 & 2
- Special Work Vehicles are specialised motor vehicles, primarily constructed and used for off-road transportation that:
- are a light motor vehicle not constructed as a tractor; and
- are primarily constructed for and used for off-road transportation; and
- are undertaking agricultural, maintenance or service tasks; and
- do not comply with the Australian Design Rules ( ADR).