The following vehicles are not permitted on Jersey roads without a permit:
vehicles or trailers over 7ft 6.5ins (2.3m) wide
rigid vehicles over 30ft 6ins (9.3m) long
articulated vehicles over 36ft 1in (11m) long
trailers (draw bar type) over 22ft (6.7m) long
vehicles with a maximum axle weight over 10,500 kg
vehicles with a gross weight over 32 tons
To be able to travel on Jersey roads, these vehicles must hold a P30 permit. The permit includes both the drawing vehicle and the trailer.
P30 permits are available in two forms:
permanent exemption permit
temporary exemption permit
Both types of P30 permit only allow vehicles to travel on specified routes.
No vehicle or trailer travelling on a P30 permit may be used on a parish by-road without written permission of the Constable of that parish. A copy of the written permission must be carried by the driver in the vehicle.
The Inspector of Motor Traffic may suspend or revoke any permit at any time if the vehicle or trailer:
fails to adhere to any specified conditions
is unroadworthy or defective
When a vehicle without a P30 permit forms the drawing unit of an articulated vehicle, the registration number must be logged with Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) before it is used as such.
How to apply for a permanent exemption permit (P30)
You must complete an Application form for a Permanent P30 Vehicle Exemption Permit and send it to the Inspector of Motor Traffic.
A permit will only be granted if it is in the public interest to do so. All exemption permits are issued subject to various conditions of use which must be complied with.
Important: You should wait until your permit has been granted before purchasing any vehicle(s).
If your permit application is rejected you will not be able to register the vehicle or circulate it on Jersey roads.
Note: Oversize vehicles must not be circulated on Jersey roads at any time without a valid permit.
Changes to P30 permits for vehicles up to 2.35 meters in width
It has been acceptable in the past to allow owners of over-width vehicles to have them altered in order to bring them into width and therefore not require a P30 permit.
This often involved changing front axles, altering braking systems and fitting narrower wheels etc, which compromises certain safety features, such as ABS systems and steering geometry.
The Inspector of Motor Traffic has decided that altering vehicles in this way is no longer acceptable and will therefore grant P30 permits for unmodified vehicles up to 2.35 metres in width with no conditions. However, the owner of the vehicle will need a letter of consent to use parish by-roads from the appropriate parish Constable.
There will be no change for vehicles which exceed 2.35 metres in width.
A P30 permit will only be granted to vehicles over 2.35 metres in width, if the inspector decides it's in the public's interest to do so. These permits will be subject to the normal conditions with regard to routes and times of circulation etc.
The above changes do not apply to temporary P30 permits for vehicles visiting Jersey. These vehicles will only be granted a P30 permit if they are carrying an indivisible load and the inspector decides it is in the public interest to do so. Normal conditions will apply with regard to routes and times of circulation etc.
Annual vehicle and trailer inspections
All P30 permitted vehicles and trailers must be submitted to DVS for an initial inspection before a permit can be issued and thereafter inspected on an annual basis before the renewal of a permit.
Vehicles and trailers submitted for inspection must be clean, well maintained and be accompanied either by a driver with mechanical knowledge, or a driver and a mechanic.
If you are applying to renew your permit, you should book a vehicle inspection for the month your permit expires.
The cost of a permanent exemption permit
The cost of a permanent exemption permit inclusive of the inspection fee is £171.
What you need to display on your vehicle
You will be given a pink disc, showing the conditions of use, which must be displayed in the front windscreen of the vehicle or in a disc holder if fitted to a trailer.
Identification plates (P30) will be supplied after the initial vehicle inspection which must be fitted to the front and rear of the vehicle.
Temporary exemption permit
A temporary exemption permit may be granted to vehicles of a special design or to those carrying an indivisible load.
This permit is issued for a specified journey or period. It is subject to particular conditions of use which must be complied with.
Some vehicles may not be granted a permit until an acceptable route survey has been submitted to DVS and approved by the relevant highway authority.
If the vehicle requires a police escort, a valid P30 permit must be presented to the police officer prior to the journey.
What you need to display and carry on your vehicle
You must display a blue disc which shows the conditions of use in the front windscreen of the vehicle.
The temporary permit or a copy of the temporary permit must be carried by the driver and produced to a police officer, traffic officer or port control officer on request.
The cost of a temporary exemption permit
A temporary exemption permit costs £95 per application.
Temporary exemption permit (P30) online application form