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Tow trucks 

Tow truck licensing - please be advised

Our application processing times are currently up to 8 weeks.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your application please email quoting your driver’s licence number and contact details.

We are working to resolve issues and improve our processing times. We apologise for any inconvenience.

What's happening?

In NSW, the tow truck industry is regulated through the Tow Truck Industry Act 1998 (the Act) and the Tow Truck Industry Regulation 2008.

On 1 July 2017, the administrative function of tow trucks transferred from Roads and Maritime Services to NSW Fair Trading. Fair Trading is now responsible for the licensing and regulation of tow truck operations in NSW.

Tow trucks in NSW

If you use a tow truck to tow a motor vehicle as part of a business, you are required to hold a tow truck operator licence under the Act.

Please also note that only certified drivers can drive or operate licensed tow trucks.

The maximum penalty is $5500 or up to six months imprisonment or both and we or the police may issue a penalty notice for $1100.

Tow truck industry fees

The fees to be a tow truck driver or operator in NSW.

Forms and policies

Download tow truck forms and tow truck policies.

Maximum towing charges

Maximum towing charges (heavy and light vehicles) and general information for owners and drivers of a vehicle involved in a crash.

Further information

If you have any questions about tow truck licensing or need help in understanding any of the requirements, contact Fair Trading by:

Telephone: 1300 131 134