Road Transport Forum New Zealand

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Road Transport Forum NZ

We are the national body representing the commercial road freight industry. Our aim is to help build a country in which the road freight industry, and the businesses and communities it serves, can grow and prosper.

Over 80% of road freight operators in New Zealand voluntarly belong to the Forum. Read more

Current Topics


A new, comprehensive, 330-page history of road transport in New Zealand, Roads the Mode, is now available from the Forum.

For more information, pricing and to order a copy click here


Pullman Hotel


Juy 17-19

For Conference information and registration go the Events section of this site or


Huge improvements have been made in heavy vehicle road safety performance since the mid-1990s. The number of fatal accidents involving heavy vehicles more than halved over that period. The reduction is even more significant when the growth in the number of trucks and the distance travelled is taken into account.

For more on the industry's safety performance and the Forum's drug and alcohol policy...Click here


Trucks use diesel engines which are 20% to 25% more fuel efficient than petrol engines. Technological advances are making trucks even more economical. A heavy truck today uses one third less fuel compared to 20 years ago.

As well as requiring a lot less fuel to move a tonne of freight, today’s technology has produced a dramatic drop in greenhouse gas emissions from trucks. The commercial road freight industry is at the forefront in bringing these new, cleaner-burning engines to New Zealand...Read More

Member Associations

The Road Transport Forum has six constituent associations spread throughout New Zealand. Four are grouped together as Road Transport Association NZ. They provide advocacy for their members at the regional and local level, offer business advice and negotiate highly favourable prices on a wide range of essential products and services. For more on each association and the services they offer to road freight operators, click on the logos.

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Technical Information

Operating Requirements

Operator licensing standards, drivers licensing /training, driving hours and logbooks, vehicle registration and licensing, Road User Charges, Operator Safety Rating System.

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Vehicle Requirements

Mass and dimension rules, vehicle engineering and equipment, maintenance and inspection.

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Overdimension Overweight Requirements

Overdimension policy and guidelines, overweight policy and permits.

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Enforcement Protocols

CVIU, general and specific enforcement policies.

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Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods Rule and standards setting, HSNO Updates, National Security (MSA).

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Stock Transport / Logging

Livestock Code of Practice and animal welfare, operational and contracting equipment standards, logging safety management.

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Industry Safety Performance

Crash and speed data by section.

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