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6 March 2019

These changes bring the VIRM into line with current standards and practices with welding and welding qualifications, in particular Technical bulletin 10 and the Heavy Vehicles Rule.

6 March 2019 changes
1 November  2018
Clarification that modification to the occupant protection structure of a cab require HVS certification unless those modifications are type approved
4-2 Body and cab
9 April 2018

In consultation with a key HVSC industry group, the NZ Transport Agency has been working to complete the incorporation of HVSC memos into the HVSC vehicle inspection requirements manual (VIRM). This has been done to centralise sources of information for your ease of access and to allow for a simpler change process going forward. This work is now complete and as of Monday 9 April 2018 all HVSC memos are rescinded and the VIRM amendment will go live.

See the list of changes for more details.

9 April 2018 list of changes
1 February 2017

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016

In November 2016, the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass (VDAM) Rule 2016 was signed, coming into effect on 1 February 2017.

The rule sets vehicle size and weight limits, and vehicle configuration requirements, with a focus on heavy vehicles.

It is intended to strike a reasonable balance between the risks that heavy vehicles present to public safety, and the efficient operation of the heavy vehicle fleet within the constraints imposed by the road network.

As a result of the new rule, there are updates to a number of sections in the VIRM.

1 February 2017 list of changes
24 May 2016Addition of Technical bulletin 15: SARN brake data. This technical bulletin replaces Memo 86.24 May 2016 list of changes