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This is draft guidance, and we welcome your feedback

This section discusses the critical dimensions and performance characteristics of buses which typically operate in New Zealand.

Bus dimensions vary by bus type, but all buses operating in New Zealand must comply with the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Rule 2016.

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016

Additionally, all urban buses must comply with the vehicle standards contained in the Requirement for urban buses in New Zealand, unless a variation has been sought and approved from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Requirement for urban buses in New Zealand(external link)


Dimension parameters

These features need to be considered when determining the amount of space required for the design of public transport facilities.

Standard bus dimensions for design

It is expected that public transport facilities are designed to accommodate the ‘standard’ vehicle dimensions, including provision of a bicycle rack to account for future proofing.

Door location

The location of doors on urban buses is an important consideration when thinking about the design of interchanges and accessible bus stops.

Bus vehicle tracking

Bus vehicle tracking and swept-path analysis should be undertaken to convert vehicle characteristics and dimensions into specific design requirements for bus stop and layover infrastructure.