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High Productivity Motor Vehicle Permits

As of 1 May 2010, the weight and dimension rules for vehicle combinations were amended by NZTA to allow a new class of vehicle called High Productivity Motor Vehicle’s (HPMV’s). Previous to this, the maximum mass limit for a vehicle combination carrying a divisible load without the requirement for a permit was 44 tonnes. HPMV’s are able to go over that limit.

Visit the NZTA website to find out more about or apply for HPMV permits.

We have approved a number of roads for use by HPMV vehicles. Permits for HPMV use on these approved roads are obtained via NZTA. NZTA will issue the permit which will cover both State Highways and local roads.

50MAX Permits

50MAX vehicle combinations have one more axle (9 axles) and can carry up to 50 tonnes. This means the overall truck load is spread further and there is no additional wear on roads per tonne of freight. 50MAX gives operators an option to carry increased payloads on parts of the network that, while economically important to New Zealand, carry lower volumes of freight.

The increased payloads of 50MAX can lead to economic benefits for producers, customers and our communities. Allowing bigger trucks on our roads reduces the number of truck trips needed to move the same amount of freight.

A permit is required to operate a 50MAX truck. While 50MAX vehicles can operate on most roads, there will be certain bridges that they will not be able to travel over due to load restrictions.

Find out more about 50MAX vehicles.

Apply for a new 50MAX permit for State Highways and local roads OR renew an existing permit. NZTA are responsible for issuing 50MAX permits.

Restricted Bridges

Road Name Road ID Displacement(m) Bridge Name Bridge# Waterway Name
Coulter Line 143 4189-4245m S37 S37 Oroua River
Mangarere Road 253 0-100m S142A S142A Rangitikei River
Pohangina Valley East Road 138 15484-15493m S199 S199 Porewa Stream
Pohangina Valley East Road 138 17421-17431m S201 S201 Te Ekaou Stream
Pohangina Valley East Road 138 20209-20220m S203 S203 Konewa Stream
Rongotea Road 18 17197-17200m S244 S244 Bernards Drain
Ruahine Road 1192 16845-16984m S250B S250B Rangitikei River
Umotoi North Road 183 2998-3023m S299B S299B Horopito Stream
Upper Pakihikura 243 3736-3741m S302 S302 Unnamed

To find out more about restricted bridges please contact Council.