New VDAM allows higher axle weights
There are only 4 specific types of vehicle allowed to apply for permits
As defined in NZTA Factsheet 13h
Rubbish truck with compactor
Concrete mixer truck
Ground spreader truck
Passenger service vehicle (Bus)
These vehicles are allowed significantly higher axle group loadings
What makes these vehicles so special? Why just them?
Maximum sum of axle mass for specialist vehicle operating on permit
A single large-tyred axle in a tandem axle set
with a twin-tyred axle and a 55/45 load share: 8100kg
Twin-tyred axle in any axle set: 12,000kg
Two axles in a tandem axle set comprising;
a) a twin-tyred axle with a single large-tyred axle and a 60/40 load share: 16,000kg
b) a twin-tyred axle with a single large-tyred axle and a 55/45 load share: 18,000kg
Two twin-tyred axles:
a) spaced less than 1.3 m from the first axle to the last axle: 17,000kg
b) spaced 1.3 m or more from the first axle to the last axle: 18,000kg
Did I hear somebody say 'Hey! won't they get a competitive advantage?'
Yes... they probably will...
How did the NZTA decide what is or isn't a "Specialist Vehicle"???
"Specialist vehicles are a type of higher mass vehicle that can carry divisible loads." they also state that "a specialist vehicle cannot tow a heavy trailer, (GVM over 3500kg)
I'm sure that there are plenty of examples for a wide variety of other vehicles that could be defined as a "Specialist Vehicle". Why are they not included???
You could debate that any and/or all rigid vehicles should be included
Why is there only a chosen few defined as 'special'?
Perhaps we should start a list,
Please use the comments section below or on the easytrucks facebook page to add your vehicle to the list too, if you deem it fits the NZTA description above.
Vehicle recovery vehicle
Vehicle transporter vehicle
Vacuum tanker vehicle
Septic tank cleaning vehicle
Fuel tanker vehicle
Water tanker vehicle
Bitument tanker vehicle
Flatdeck vehicle with crane
Tipper vehicle with crane
Hook loader vehicle
Hook loader vehicle with crane
ISO container side lifter vehicle
Outside broadcasting vehicle
Live animal transporter vehicle