9208.0.55.003 - Information Paper: Survey of Motor Vehicle Use Fitness for Purpose Review, Jan 2005  
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Contents >> Appendix E. AustRoads and ABS vehicle classifications

Appendix E. AustRoads and ABS vehicle classifications

AustRoads vehicle classifications

Source: Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice: Part 3 - Traffic Studies, 2004, p31.
Image: Vehicle classifications, Classes 1 to 6

Image: Vehicle classifications, classes 7 to 12

ABS (SMVU) Vehicle Classification

The ABS has a separate trailer classification that can be used to cross tabulate with vehicle type.

Vehicle type (published)

Passenger vehicles
Motor cycles
Light commercial vehicles
Rigid trucks
Articulated trucks
Non-freight trucks

Vehicle type (detailed)

Data may be available on request for some of the individual vehicle types below.
Car, station wagon or hatchback
4WD passenger vehicle (<10 seats)
Passenger van (<10 seats)
Utility (GVM <= 3.5T)
Goods carrying van (GVM <= 3.5T)
Panel van
4WD load carrying (GVM <= 3.5T)
One tonne utility (GVM <= 3.5T)
Light truck (GVM >3.5 T - <= 4.5T)
2 axle rigid truck (GVM > 4.5T)
3 axle rigid truck (GVM > 4.5T)
4 axle rigid truck (GVM > 4.5T)
2 axle prime mover
3 axle prime mover
4 axle prime mover
Tow truck
Fire engine / truck
Truck with machinery mounted occupying most of the load area e.g. cherry picker, mobile crane
Pass vehicle 10 - 19 seats
2 axle bus > 19 seats
3 axle bus > 19 seats
Articulated bus
Other bus
Other n.e.c.

Trailer type
Single trailer
Two trailer road train
Three trailer road train

Number of axles is also collected.

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