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Heavy trailers

A heavy trailer is defined as a trailer with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 3500kg.

There are two classes of heavy trailer:

  • heavy trailers with a GVM of between 3500 and 10,000kg (TC)

  • heavy trailers with a GVM of more than 10,000kg (TD).

All heavy trailers first registered in New Zealand on or after 1 July 2008 need to be fitted with ABS, EBS or LSV.

Requirements for heavy trailers
(classes TC and TD)

Vehicle has to meet standard if made on or after...

What sort of standard?

Under what legislation?

1 January 2006

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004 and Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting Amendment 2005

27 February 2005

Installation standard for lighting on class TC vehicles
OR
fitting requirements in Lighting Rule*

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004

1 October 2004

Tyres and wheels**

Land Transport Rule: Tyres and Wheels 2001

1 January 1996

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004

1 January 1992

Rear reflectors

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004

* The number, position and performance of lighting equipment on vehicles manufactured after 27 February 2005 must meet EITHER an installation standard OR the relevant requirements in 3.3, 4.3, 6.3, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 8.3 and 9.3 of Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004.

** You may fit tyres that meet New Zealand standards to your vehicle after it arrives in the country.

Other requirements

Need to know more?

See the full list of vehicle standards.