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Proforma designs for high productivity motor vehicles

Proforma designs are new non-standard vehicle designs that meet the Performance Based Standards.

If you use these Transport Agency-approved 'proforma’ (approved non-standard) vehicle combination designs when applying for a high productivity motor vehicle (HPMV) permit , it will make the approval process simpler.

Proforma designs and your permit application

If you want to build or operate a proforma vehicle combination that is identified below, you'll need to apply:

  • for approval of the vehicle (necessary because it does not meet standard dimensions). If the vehicle meets proforma limits, the process is usually straightforward and the approval does not have an expiry date (it is linked to the vehicle)
  • for an HPMV permit to operate. Permits consider the suitability of routes, and normally expire two years after issue.

Each individual vehicle in the overlength HPMV combination must in itself meet the dimensional requirements of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 unless specified otherwise.

Other general conditions

Some other general conditions will also be required. The vehicle must:

  • meet the dimension thresholds provided on the Transport Agency proforma design

  • have an 'H' sign at front and rear of the vehicle combination that meets the specifications in the  Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 – this must be displayed at all times while you are operating under the permit

  • not operate on any road with a prescribed length restriction if the vehicle exceeds that restriction

  • have lights at the rear of the combination – these must be of the light emitting diode (LED) type to address voltage drop

  • have repeater side indicator lights placed approx midway along the side of the trailer

  • only have original truck manufacturer approved modifications made to the truck frontal protection area

  • have conspicuity tape in red/ white meeting DOT C-3 that outlines the shape of the vehicle from both sides and rear, or LED side marker lamps or reflectors fitted at a maximum of 3-metre intervals along the side of the vehicle as close as practical to the load bed

  • have roll stability control (RSC) – all trailers must have RSC fitted and active.

Using a proforma design in your application

Print off the applicable vehicle design below, complete your actual vehicle dimensions and include this with your HPMV application.

Visit the Transport Agency's Heavy Vehicle Permit Portal for the HPMV permit application form(external link) 

Using other designs

If you want to use a longer vehicle that is not a proforma design, then the Transport Agency can approve the dimensional variation. However, this will be route restricted and you will need to get permission to operate from each local road controlling authority affected.

Approval of new proforma designs

Requests for new proformas need to demonstrate that the design is likely to have widespread uptake – so discussion with other operators or industry groups is recommended prior to approaching the Transport Agency.

The process for the Transport Agency-approval of a proforma design is for an industry group to agree a productive design that suits them and then have a PBS report prepared by an engineering consultancy with respect to both high-speed stability and low-speed manoeuvring. The Transport Agency will then review the design and report, and if acceptable will approve the new proforma and update this web page.

The HPMV proforma designs

23-metre 9-axle B-train

Image of proforma design.

Download 23-metre 9-axle B-train [PDF, 332 KB]

23-metre 10-axle B-train

Image of proforma design.

Download 23-metre 10-axle B-train [PDF, 329 KB]

23-metre truck and full trailer (logs)

Image of proforma design.

 Download 23-metre truck and full trailer (logs) [PDF, 368 KB]

23-metre truck and full trailer 

23-meter-truck-and-full-trailer.jpg

Download 23-metre truck and full trailer pro-forma [PDF, 331 KB]

23-metre truck and simple trailer (eg car transporter) 

23-meter-truck-and-simple-trailer.jpgDownload 23-metre truck and simple trailer pro-forma [PDF, 431 KB]

23-metre truck and simple trailer 8130 (eg car transporter)

23-meter-truck-and-8130-trailer.jpgDownload 23-metre truck and simple trailer 8130 pro-forma [PDF, 431 KB]

19.45-metre quad semi

19.45-metre-quad-semi.jpgDownload 19.45-metre quad semi pro-forma  [PDF, 236 KB]

23-metre truck and long trailer 

23-metre-truck-and-long-trailer.jpg23-metre truck and long trailer pro-forma [PDF, 283 KB] 

23-metre truck and trailer long drawbar

23-metre-truck-and-trailer-long-drawbar.jpg23-metre truck and trailer long drawbar pro-forma [PDF, 246 KB]

22-metre B-train 

(not available for entry certification after 1 June 2020 – use new proforma designs)

22-metre-B-train.jpgDownload 22-metre B-train pro-forma [PDF, 437 KB]

23-metre B-train 5680 

(not available for entry certification after 1 June 2020 – use new proforma designs)

23-metre-B-train-5680.jpgDownload 23-metre B-train 5680 pro-forma [PDF, 436 KB]

23-metre B-train 5700

(not available for entry certification after 1 June 2020 – use new proforma designs)

23 metre B-train 5700

Download 23-metre B-train 5700 pro-forma [PDF, 436 KB]

23-metre B-train long tractor 

(not available for entry certification after 1 June 2020 – use new proforma designs)

23-meter-b-train-long-tractor.jpgDownload 23-metre B-train long tractor pro-forma [PDF, 436 KB]

23-metre B-train long trailer 

(not available for entry certification after 1 June 2020 – use new proforma designs)

23-meter-b-train-long-trailer.jpgDownload 23-metre B-train long trailer pro-forma  [PDF, 436 KB]

23-metre log truck and full trailer 

(not available for entry certification after 1 June 2020 – use new proforma designs)

23m log truck full trailer

Download 23-metre log truck and full trailer pro-forma  [PDF, 343 KB]

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