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Safe transport of loads

Heavy loads

Heavy load restrictions are in place in Port Stephens. Signposted weight limits restrict heavier vehicles in the below locations. It's important to know the weight of your vehicle as large fines apply for driving over the weight limit in a load restricted street.

Street and suburbLoad limit
Marsh Road, Bobs Farm3 tonne limit
Patterson Road, Woodville3 tonne limit
Foreshore Drive, Corlette3 tonne limit
Cox's Lane, Fullerton Cove5 tonne limit
Cross Street, Seaham3 tonne limit
Bonser Lane, Karuah3 tonne limit

The Heavy Vehicle National Law requires relevant road authorities to approve the intended path of travel for oversize or overmass (OSOM) vehicles before a trip. To apply to travel on Council roads, submit an Oversize/Overmass Permit form and pay the relevant fee.

Heavy load FAQs

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, a heavy vehicle weighs over 4.5 tonnes. This can include:

  • semi-trailers
  • B-double freight trucks
  • road trains
  • passenger busses
  • livestock and other agricultural vehicles
  • mobile cranes and other special purpose vehicles.
  • Class 1 heavy vehicles — special purpose vehicles, agricultural vehicles, oversize and overmass vehicles
  • Class 2 heavy vehicles — freight carrying vehicles (B-doubles, B-triples, road-trains), buses, vehicle carriers, livestock vehicles, performance based standards (PBS) vehicles.
  • Class 3 heavy vehicles — vehicles which, together with their load, do not comply with prescribed mass or dimension requirements.

Load restraints

It's important to correctly restrain your load. Loads that aren't restrained correctly can cause serious damage to something or someone.

You are responsible for your load so that it does not:

  • come off your vehicle under normal driving conditions
  • affect the stability of your vehicle
  • stick out of the vehicle so that it could damage something or someone.

You must pick up any fallen load if it is safe to do so.

Load restraint FAQs

All vehicles, not just heavy vehicles, are required to ensure their load is adequately secured and to ensure it does not cause instability of the vehicle.

It is Council's role to patrol public roads and enforce road laws that protect public safety and protect roads from damage. Rangers conduct load inspections at both inspection stations and by stopping overloaded vehicles.

Your load needs to be covered if you have:

  • a load of any type of waste (except all tyres or metals) or
  • any loose items/material that can blow off your load.

The Load Restraints Guide 2018 includes guidelines for ensuring your load is safely restrained.


Traffic Safety Team
Phone: 02 4988 0255
Email: traffic@portstephens.nsw.gov.au