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Vehicle Dimension and Mass reform project moves ahead


The VDAM reform project is moving on to the stage of preparing a draft policy.

Vehicle Dimension and Mass reform project moves ahead

The joint Ministry of Transport and NZ Transport Agency team tasked with reviewing Vehicle Dimension and Mass (VDAM) regulation is about to move to the next stage of the project which is to identify and assess options for changing the regulatory system.

After carrying out a series of workshops with industry-based reference groups the VDAM Reform Team has identified the key issues and the proposed scope of the reform, and will continue to work with industry representatives over the remainder of the year on possible reform options.

Following stakeholder feedback, the project team will finalise its recommendations for the reform of the VDAM system for presentation to decision makers by the middle of 2015.

“We need to have a regulatory system for heavy vehicles in place that encourages the best use of our road transport network when moving freight and people around New Zealand,” says Transport Agency Group Manager Access and Use Celia Patrick.

“The new framework will also enable improvements to road safety while ensuring we use our roading infrastructure in the most efficient manner possible.”

The reform of the VDAM system will deliver benefits to New Zealand by enabling improved commercial road transport productivity by ensuring the best fit between vehicles and the road network, and reducing compliance costs for operators.
The reform process will deliver these benefits in a way that:

  • Improves road safety & community well-being by allowing more freight and passengers to be carried by safer vehicles.
  • Improves operator compliance.
  • Optimises the use of New Zealand’s road network.

Transport industry operators can be kept up to date with the progress of the VDAM reform project and be included in the stakeholder consultation process by emailing the VDAM reform team at