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Guide to safe loading and towing for light vehicles

Published: | Category: Commercial drivers & operators , Guidance for specialists | Audience: Motorists

This guide contains detailed advice on loading and towing practices to keep you within the law and protect you, your goods and others on the road.

This guide is for cars, vans, station wagons, utes, 4-wheel drives and light trailers (vehicles whose maximum laden weight is less than 3.5 tonnes) or load weights less than 500kg.

For trucks, heavy trailers or loads of more than 500kg, refer to:
The official New Zealand truck loading code [PDF, 4.1 MB]


Publication details

  • Author:
  • Published: May 2017
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-98-851234-1 (print) | 978-1-98-851235-8 (online)
  • Conditions: Formerly known as the Glovebox guide to safe loading and towing
  • Amendments: Updated December 2020