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Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 (in force from 1 February 2017)

Published: | Category: Land transport rules , Heavy vehicles , Vehicle dimensions and mass | Audiences: General, Heavy vehicle operators

This rule comes into force on 1 February 2017 and will replace the 2002 rule at that time.

The rule covers requirements for dimension and mass limits to enable vehicles, in particular, heavy truck and trailer combinations, to be operated safely on New Zealand’s roads.

About the rule

The rule currently available is a principal rule. If it is amended in future a consolidated format (including amendments) will also be made available on this website. The electronic versions of legislation on this website, and any legislation printed from the website:

  • have no official status
  • are made available for information only and should not be relied on as the authoritative text.

About the questions and answers

Questions and answers [PDF, 2.2 MB] are provided to accompany a new rule or amendment rule when it is signed. These versions of the questions and answers are not updated to take into account any later amendments to the rule and are retained for historic interest only.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Rules Team by emailing

Publication details

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  • Published: 24 November 2016
  • Also known as: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Rule or VDAM Rule