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Heavy vehicle permit application and compliance monitoring

Safety and compliance are minimum requirements for heavy vehicle permit holders. When an operator first applies for a heavy vehicle permit an ‘operator check’ is undertaken to consider the applicant’s compliance.

This operator check includes investigating whether there have been any vehicle safety issues, driver fatigue/distraction issues, road user charges (RUC) evasion and speeding offences. All factors will be considered when allowing entry to the permits’ system.

Permits will not be issued if non-compliance is considered a safety risk.

Active monitoring of current heavy vehicle permit holders

We expect heavy vehicle permit holders to always comply with safety and legal requirements. 

Operators will be monitored for any critical permit breaches. Enforcement actions for critical permit breaches may include revoking permits subject to assessment by Waka Kotahi.

Permit revocations or enforcement actions will be proportionate and will reflect the severity of non-compliance.

Critical breaches of permits – examples

  • Breached critical condition of high-productivity permit – gross mass
  • Breached critical condition of high-productivity permit – vehicle mass
  • Breached critical condition high-productivity permit – bridge restriction

Heavy vehicle permit compliance – actions taken

All formal actions (including approvals) taken from 1 December 2018 is below and is accurate as at 31 May 2020.

Outcomes Numbers
50MAX approved 8,019
Higher mass approved 13,346
Overdimension permits approved 9,602
HVP operators warned 125
HVP declined applications 6
HVP revoked permits 32


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