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VDAM: What you need to know

From 1 February 2017, the rules governing heavy vehicle size, weight and operation limits are changing.

While most of the changes are small, they may have an impact on how you operate, inspect, manufacture or permit heavy vehicles.

On this page you’ll find the revised rule, as well as links to updated supporting documents such as factsheets. Please note that the detail in these documents will only come into effect from 1 February 2017. We wanted to provide them to you now so you can prepare for the revised rule.

VDAM Rule 2016

You can now read the revised Rule - please remember it is not in force until 1 February 2017. 

Questions and answers [PDF, 2.2 MB] regarding the 2016 Rule are also available.

View a summary of submissions on the yellow draft of the rule.

Below are links to the Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Amendment Regulations:

Note: These regulations do not come into force until 1 February 2017. 

Summary guides

Below are three summary guides that detail key changes for different parts of the heavy vehicle industry:

Specialist vehicles – defined as passenger service vehicles, concrete mixers, rubbish truck with compactor and ground spreader trucks 

You can find out more about specialist vehicles in the new factsheet 13h below.

You can also find information on specialist vehicle permits including permit eligibility criteria and how to apply for a permit at 1 February 2017.

Supporting documents

The documents below are aligned with the detail in the revised rule and only come into force from 1 February 2017. Once in force, they will be available throughout the website. We’ll update this page with more information as it becomes available.