Permit type Applications for pro-forma vehicles must indicate vehicle dimensions on the appropriate diagram, printed off the NZTA website, see page 4 of this application form.
TSL # Transport Services Licence number of operator of HPMV combination, not required for pro-forma Overlength HPMV permits.
Company name Full legal name of company applying for permit.
Comments The comments area can also be used to provide additional helpful information like the previous Permit Number to be used as a base.
Date Permit Required Note that some aspects of the permit issuing process are outside the control of the NZTA.
Permit from date Enter “N/A” for Overlength applications. Note that some aspects of the permit issuing process are outside the control of the NZTA.
Route description For general access pro-forma Overlength only applications, enter ‘general access’.
For applications that have non pro-forma Overlength or Higher Mass requirements the description must detail all State Highways the application vehicle is required to be travelled on.
Note: NZTA can only issue HPMV permits for State Highways. Refer to the appropriate Road Controlling Authority for access to local roads. Consider fuelling locations.
Vehicle type For permit issuing purposes a ‘Vehicle’ is defined as the complete combination that the permit will be issued for. Different combinations of units (i.e. vehicle) will require a different permit.
Unit For permit issuing purposes a ‘Unit’ is defined as something that can be used singularly or in conjunction with other Units to make an overall vehicle, e.g. a prime mover or a trailer.
Reg Number For feasibility applications TBA is allowed, VIN numbers can also be used if the vehicle is not registered but the Reg Number will needed before the combination can be used operationally.
GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) – in the industry the term vehicle is used here but it relates to the term ‘unit’ as stated above. The GVM is the legal maximum load limit allowed for that unit (as stated on the Certificate of Loading).
Total unit mass The total mass of the individual unit (see c2 unit), i.e. the tare mass plus load to be carried on the unit.
Divisible load A load that is either a fluid or has more than one separate component even though these components may be temporarily connected for the purposes of handling, storage or transport. Examples are milk, gravel, logs, animals and bundles of steel or timber.
Indivisible load A load that cannot reasonably (without disproportionate effort, expense or risk of damage to the load) have its size reduced or be divided into two or more sections for road transport; and includes customs-sealed import/export ISO containers.
Axle Mass Flexibility (AWF) Required AWF allows the vehicle’s axle mass to vary up to a maximum axle mass (Class 1, Full HPMV). The gross mass across three or more axle sets must not exceed the mass applied for. Note that requesting AWF may reduce the gross mass that can be permitted across some road structures.
Class 1 AWF Limits The mass of axles, axle sets and pairs of axle sets may vary up to the limits specified in Tables 1-6 in Part A of Schedule 2 of the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Rule 2016 (i.e. Class 1 limits).
HPMV AWF Limits The mass of axles, axle sets and pairs of axle sets may vary up to the limits specified in Tables 1-5 in Part B of Schedule 2 of the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Amendment 2010 (i.e. HPMV limits).
Axle Number Axles are numbered from the front of the vehicle.
Steering axle Axle that turns the vehicle controlled by the steering wheel, i.e. a forced steering axle, or a free self-steering axle.
Axle group Enter the appropriate axle set from the following list:
(IN) Individual, (TS) Twin steer, (Q) Quad, (T) Tandem, (Tri) Tri-axle.
Axle Type Enter the appropriate axle type: S for single tyred axle, T for twin tyred axle.
Tyre Size State "standard" if smaller than 13.00-24 or 14.00-20
State tyre code designation for single specified standard tyres (e.g. 12.00-20)
State tyre size if equal to or larger than 13.00-24 or 14.00-20.
Suspension Type Enter the appropriate suspension type from the following list:
(A) Air Bag, (H) Hydraulic, (L) Leaf Spring, (O) Other and also add ‘D’ if a Drive Axle.
Track Outer (m) Please specify to 3 decimal places (See diagram above)
Mass (kg) The maximum operational axle mass on this axle cannot be higher than allowed by Part B of Schedule 2 in the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016, see Factsheet 13g. []

Overlength HPMV applications:

Pro- forma Vehicle Designs

The pro-forma vehicle design diagrams for Overlength vehicles can be downloaded from the NZTA website.

If you have an engineering drawing feel free to send that in. However, it is still important to complete the dimensions on the NZTA diagram to assist permit processing.

Non pro- forma Vehicle Designs

If you are proposing to use a non pro-forma design, please supply details of the combination dimensions, as well as an engineering analysis of the vehicles against the Performance Based Standards (PBS) and an engineer’s report for the route you are proposing to operate on. Performance Based Standards Reports can be obtained from Transport Engineering Research New Zealand (TERNZ).

Full details of the route are required; don’t forget to include any fuel stops you wish to access. These will also require local road controlling authority permission to operate off state highways.

You may want to attach additional route information if the route cannot be accurately described in this form. You can also include Google map information

Specialist Vehicles

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