Longer buses in New Zealand: unlocking innovation

In March 2004 the New Zealand Minister of Transport advised transport sector agencies of a new initiative to consider relatively minor changes to heavy vehicle limits. He suggested that by unlocking innovation, different limits for passenger service vehicles could be considered that would improve passenger transport. Government transport agencies then set about developing a process for evaluating applications against the objectives of the New Zealand Transport Strategy. Bus and coach and tourism operators were invited to propose specific concessions, and proposals were processed for longer tour and inter city coaches that would provide benefits to tourism. These vehicles would be 3 axle rigids up to 14.5 m long, featuring a steered rear axle to reduce off-tracking. Use was made of internationally recognized performance-based measures to assess the impact, including both desktop comparisons and physical trials. Consultation with affected road controlling authorities took place. It was concluded that increased length could be permitted by exemption up to 13.5 m, and up to 14.5 m with prior approval from affected road controlling authorities. Approvals to import and build have been granted for new 13.5 m tour and inter-city coaches. These vehicles will incorporate low emission engines, advanced braking systems, electronic stability and traction control, spray suppression, speed limiters, and driver training.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: 9th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Weights and Dimensions, June 18-22, 2006, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

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  • Accession Number: 01388845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 1:20AM