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Appendix 2: Vehicle Classification: Average Tonnage Method

Operators of disposal facilities can ask the Secretary for the Environment to approve a method to determine the weight of waste based on the type of motor vehicle it is carried in. Under Regulation 15, only the classes of vehicle in the table below can be considered (or any other motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass of 3.5 tonnes or less), and any trailer towed by a vehicle of these classes.

The information on vehicle classes in the table is provided by Land Transport New Zealand (now part of the New Zealand Transport Agency), and retrieved from:

http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/publications/infosheets/infosheet-1-10....

Table of vehicle classes

Class

Description

MA (Passenger car)

MA (Passenger car)

A passenger vehicle (other than a Class MB or Class MC vehicle) that has not more than nine seating positions (including the driver’s seating position).

MB (Forward control passenger vehicle)

MB (Forward control passenger vehicle)

A passenger vehicle (other than a Class MC vehicle):

  1. that has not more than nine seating positions (including the driver’s seating position); and
  2. in which the centre of the steering wheel is in the forward quarter of the vehicle’s total length.

MC (Off-road passenger vehicle)

MC (Off-road passenger vehicle)

A passenger vehicle, designed with special features for off-road operation, that has not more than nine seating positions (including the driver’s seating position), and that:

  1. has four-wheel drive; and
  2. has at least four of the following characteristics when the vehicle is unladen on a level surface and the front wheels are parallel to the vehicle’s longitudinal centre-line and the tyres are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure:
    1. an approach angle of not less than 28 degrees;
    2. a breakover angle of not less than 14 degrees;
    3. a departure angle of not less than 20 degrees;
    4. a running clearance of not less than 200 mm;
    5. a front-axle clearance, rear-axle clearance, or suspension clearance of not less than 175 mm.
Definition:
Omnibus
A passenger vehicle that has more than nine seating positions (including the driver’s seating position). An omnibus comprising two or more non-separable but articulated units shall be considered as a single vehicle.
MD 1 An omnibus that has a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes and not more than 12 seats.
MD 2 An omnibus that has a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes and more than 12 seats.
Definition:
Goods vehicle

A motor vehicle that:

  1. is constructed primarily for the carriage of goods; and
  2. either:
    1. has at least four wheels; or
    2. has three wheels and a gross vehicle mass exceeding one tonne.

For the purpose of this description:

  1. a vehicle that is constructed for both the carriage of goods and passengers shall be considered primarily for the carriage of goods if the number of seating positions multiplied by 68 kg is less than 50% of the difference between the gross vehicle mass and the unladen mass;
  2. the equipment and installations carried on special purpose vehicles not designed for the carriage of passengers shall be considered to be goods;
  3. a goods vehicle that has two or more non-separable but articulated units shall be considered to be a single vehicle.

NA (Light goods vehicle)

A goods vehicle that has a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes.