General Approval Overdimension Vehicles and Loads Pursuant to regulation 49 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, and by way of a subdelegation from the Director of Land Transport Safety dated 18 December 1996, I, Wayne Robert Pettersson, Senior Engineer, hereby approve the operation of the vehicle types and loads described in this notice contrary to the provisions of regulations 48b to 48d. Vehicles and loads which exceed the dimension limits set out in the Traffic Regulations 1976 and which are not described in this notice or any other notice cannot be operated unless a specific approval has been issued to that vehicle or load under regulation 49a. This notice comes into effect on the 1st day of September 1998. Definitions ``Articulated lowbed trailer'' means a gooseneck semi-trailer with the loading area of the semi- trailer a maximum of 1.1 metres off the ground. ``Indivisible load'' means a load which cannot reasonably (without disproportionate effort, expense or risk of damage to the load) be divided into two or more sections for road transport, and cannot be carried on a vehicle within the dimension limits set out in the Traffic Regulations 1976. ISO containers and similar types of containers with closed tops are excluded from this definition. ``Load divider trailer'' means a type of short semi-trailer designed to load share but not to directly carry any goods, and with one or more axles, equipped with a king pin, a fifth wheel and other parts necessary for attaching it to the rear end of a prime mover and the front portion of a second gooseneck trailer. ``Trombone articulated trailer'' means an extendible semi-trailer whose overall length can be increased for the purpose of carrying indivisible loads. Operating Conditions The vehicle types and loads described in this notice must be operated in compliance with the requirements set out in the document ``Overdimension Vehicles and Loads: A Guideline to Operating Requirements'' dated August 1998 produced by the Land Transport Safety Authority. Approval for Loads An indivisible load up to the dimension limits set out below may be transported on a road. Width and Forward Distance 4.3 metres wide at 10.8 metres forward distance reducing to 2.5 metres wide at 13.0 metres forward distance in accordance with figure one. Overall Length 25.0 metres Overall Height 4.8 metres Front Overhang 5.0 metres Rear Overhang the lesser of 5.0 metres (6.0 metres for loads on articulated trailers) or 50% of the load length Figure One Width and Forward Distance Limits of Loads covered by this Notice **** TAKE IN FIGURE ONE GRAPH ******** [qs] General Approval for Vehicles This approval relates only to vehicles which are principally designed for the carriage of overdimension and overweight loads and includes: Articulated lowbed and load divider trailers; Trombone and fixed length articulated and full trailers used for house haulage; Trombone articulated trailers used for general divisible goods in the closed position and indivisible goods in the open position; Multi-axle full trailers; and Other vehicles approved by the Director of Land Transport Safety Vehicles of the above types which exceed the dimension limits set out in the Traffic Regulations 1976, and which are within the dimension limits set out below may operate on a road. Width and Forward Distance 3.1 metres wide at 10.5 metres forward distance reducing to 2.5 metres wide at 11.0 metres forward distance in accordance with figure two. Rear Overhang 5.0 metres Front Overhang (Distance ahead of front of driver's seat) 3.0 metres Overall Length 25.0 metres Height 4.25 metres These limits apply to a vehicle in its normal travel mode when not carrying a load. Trombone trailers may be extended to different open positions (longer forward distances) in order to safely carry an indivisible load within the dimension limits permitted by this notice. If the combination includes a load divider with a forward distance greater than 3.5 metres, the forward distance for overdimension purposes shall be calculated by adding the forward distance of the load divider and the forward distance of the trailer and subtracting 3.5 metres. This calculated forward distance can then be checked to determine if the combination falls within the limits of this notice. [qs] Figure Two Width and Forward Distance Limits ******* TAKE IN FIGURE 2 GRAPH ******** [QS] Signed at Wellington this 19th day of August 1998. W. R. PETTERSSON, Senior Engineer, Safer Roads.