Because of their size and mass, a significant focus of our requirements for heavy vehicles is on their ability to brake effectively and stop within safe distances.
The Land Transport Rule: Heavy Vehicle Brakes 2006 applies to all 'heavy vehicles' – those with a gross vehicle mass of 3500 kilograms or more. This page provides a guide to the Heavy-vehicle Brakes Rule, but for more information you should refer to the rule itself.
The Heavy Vehicle Brakes Rule 2006 covers two issues:
The in-service brake testing regime is now in place. You should now know which of two testing methods your testing station will apply:
Technical details about heavy vehicle brake testing can be found in our publication: Heavy vehicle brake testing: CoF and entry certification brake test protocol and procedure(external link).
We have produced two brake test information sheets that may assist you and/or your service provider in maintaining your vehicle’s brakes:
For more information, contact a heavy vehicle testing station: