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Agricultural motor vehicles and agricultural tractors

Farm vehicles present unique safety risks when travelling on public roads. Their size, shape and the speeds at which they travel can be an issue for other road users. There are legal requirements you must follow when using these vehicles on the road to ensure your safety and that of others on the road.

What is an agricultural vehicle

Many vehicles constructed for use on the farm also need to use the road - for example, a rural contractor wanting to move machinery from one farm to another.

 An agricultural motor vehicle is a vehicle that is designed, constructed or adapted for agricultural purposes. 

More information about different types of farm vehicles

What licence you need to drive an agricultural vehicle

The class of licence you need to have to drive an agricultural vehicle will depend on the weight of the vehicle and the speed at which it is being driven.

Vehicle

Licence requirements

Speed restrictions

Any tractor not exceeding 4500kg

Any class 1 licence

Posted speed limit

Any tractor/trailer combination not exceeding 4500kg

Any class 1 licence

Posted speed limit

Any tractor not exceeding 6000kg

Full class 1 licence

Posted speed limit

Agricultural tractor not exceeding 18,000kg

Restricted class 1 licence

40km/h

Agricultural tractor of more than 6000kg but not more than 18,000kg

Full class 1 licence

40km/h

Full class 1 licence and any one of the F, R, T or W endorsements

Posted speed limit

Any tractor of more than 6000kg but not more than 18,000kg

Any class 2 licence

Posted speed limit

Non-agricultural tractor of more than 6000kg but not more than 18,000kg

Full class 1 licence

30km/h

Agricultural tractor/trailer combination not exceeding 25,000kg

Restricted class 1 licence

40km/h

Full class 1 licence

40km/h

Full class 1 licence and any one of the F, R, T or W endorsements

Posted speed limit

Non-agricultural tractor/trailer combination not exceeding 25,000kg if being used in non-agricultural land management operations

Full class 1 licence

30km/h

Any special-type vehicle that runs on wheels not exceeding 6000kg

Full class 1 licence and a W endorsement

Posted speed limit

An agricultural special-type vehicle that runs on wheels, more than 6000kg but not more than 18,000kg

Full class 1 licence and a W endorsement

40km/h

Full class 2 licence
(W endorsement not required)

40km/h

A non-agricultural special-type vehicle that runs on wheels, more than 6000kg but not more than 18,000kg

Full class 1 licence and a W endorsement

30km/h

Any special-type vehicle that runs on wheels exceeding 18,000kg

Full class 2 licence and a W endorsement

30km/h

Any special-type vehicle that runs on wheels exceeding 18,000kg

Full class 4 licence and a W endorsement

Posted speed limit

Find out more about driver licence classes
Find out more about special-type (RTW) vehicle endorsements

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