Transport (Measurement of Weight) Notice 1997

Reprint
as at 1 March 1999

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Transport (Measurement of Weight) Notice 1997

(SR 1997/375)


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This notice is administered by the New Zealand Police.


Pursuant to section 2(1) of the Transport Act 1962, the Land Transport Safety Authority of New Zealand gives the following notice.

Notice

1 Title and commencement
  • (1) This notice may be cited as the Transport (Measurement of Weight) Notice 1997.

    (2) This notice comes into force on the 28th day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

Preliminary provisions

2 Interpretation
  • (1) In this notice, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    axle includes the wheel or wheels on the axle

    dynamic axle-weigher means a device used to weigh successively each axle of a stationary vehicle or a moving vehicle

    group of axles means any 2 or more consecutive axles of a vehicle or combination of vehicles

    portable wheel-weigher means a portable device that—

    • (a) is either mechanical or electronic; and

    • (b) is designed to weigh a wheel of a stationary vehicle

    semi-trailer means the trailing unit of an articulated vehicle

    simple trailer means any trailer with a tow bar rigidly attached to the chassis or body of the trailer; but does not include a trailer equipped with a jinker pole

    testing authority means any person referred to in section 147(2)(a) of the Land Transport Act 1998

    weighbridge means a non-portable device that—

    • (a) is either mechanical or electronic; and

    • (b) is designed to weigh a single axle or simultaneously weigh 2 or more axles.

    (2) For the purposes of this notice, a semi-trailer is to be treated as a separate vehicle, whether or not it is readily detachable from the tractor unit.

    (3) References in this notice to the weight of 1 or more axles are to be read as if such references included the weight on any such axles.

    Clause 2(1) testing authority: substituted, on 1 March 1999, by clause 2 of the Transport (Measurement of Weight) Amendment Notice 1999 (SR 1999/20).

3 Approved weighing devices
  • (1) The weighing devices described in subclause (2) are approved for the purposes of recording or displaying the weight of a wheel, an axle, a group of axles, or a vehicle as required by the definition of the term weight in section 2(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998.

    (2) The approved weighing devices are—

    • (a) any weighbridge or dynamic axle-weigher or portable wheel-weigher that has been tested by a testing authority and found to be accurate:

    • (b) any weighbridge or portable wheel-weigher or dynamic axle-weigher that has been stamped with a mark of verification under the Weights and Measures Act 1987.

    Clause 3(1): substituted, on 1 March 1999, by clause 3 of the Transport (Measurement of Weight) Amendment Notice 1999 (SR 1999/20).

Use of axle-weighers, weighbridges, and pits

4 Manner of use of dynamic axle-weighers
  • (1) The site of any dynamic axle-weigher must be reasonably level along the length of the vehicle with the dynamic axle-weigher.

    (2) Those sections of the approaches to any dynamic axle-weigher on which one part of the vehicle is supported while another is being weighed must be reasonably level with the weighing platform.

    (3) The weight of an axle may be obtained by placing the axle on or slowly moving the axle over a dynamic axle-weigher and noting the weight recorded.

    (4) The weight, total weight, or gross weight of a group of axles may be obtained from a dynamic axle-weigher by adding the weights recorded in respect of each axle.

5 Manner of use of weighbridges
  • (1) Those sections of the approaches to any weighbridge on which one part of a vehicle stands while another part is being weighed must be reasonably level with the weighing platform.

    (2) The weight of an axle may be obtained at a weighbridge by—

    • (a) placing the axle alone on the weighing platform and noting the weight recorded; or

    • (b) subtracting from the weight recorded when the axle is on the weighing platform at the same time as 1 or more other axles the weight recorded when the same 1 or more other axles are on the weighing platform alone.

    (3) The weight, total weight, or gross weight of a group of axles may be obtained at a weighbridge by—

    • (a) placing the axles alone on the weighing platform and noting the weight recorded; or

    • (b) subtracting from the weight recorded when the group of axles is on the weighing platform at the same time as 1 or more other axles the weight recorded when the same 1 or more other axles are on the weighing platform alone; or

    • (c) adding the weights recorded on the axles and groups of axles making up the group for which the weight is required; or

    • (d) using a combination of the methods referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c) in which each axle is taken into account only once.

6 Manner of use of pits containing portable wheel-weighers
  • (1) The surface on which a vehicle stands while its axles are being weighed at a pit containing portable wheel-weighers must be reasonably level along the length of the vehicle with the platforms of the wheel-weighers.

    (2) The weight of an axle may be obtained at any such pit by placing the axle on the platforms of the wheel-weighers and then—

    • (a) adding the weights recorded; or

    • (b) if a summing cable is used, noting the weight recorded on one of the wheel-weighers joined by the cable.

    (3) The weight, total weight, or gross weight of a group of axles may be obtained at any such pit by adding the weights recorded in respect of individual axles.

Use of portable wheel-weighers

7 Portable wheel-weighers to be used on flat surface
  • (1) The weight of the axles of a vehicle may be obtained by using portable wheel-weighers in accordance with this clause and clause 8 on a surface that is reasonably level along the length of the vehicle.

    (2) The portable wheel-weighers must be placed on the surface and the vehicle driven onto the platforms of the wheel-weighers.

8 Manner of weighing axles
  • (1) The weight of an axle may be obtained by placing the axle on the platforms of the wheel-weighers and then—

    • (a) adding the weights recorded; or

    • (b) if a summing cable is used, noting the weight recorded on one of the wheel-weighers joined by the cable.

    (2) If a single axle is being weighed and the vehicle has 3 or more axles, any axles not being weighed must be raised to approximately the same level as the axle being weighed.

    (3) If a single axle is being weighed and the vehicle has 2 or more axles and is either a semi-trailer or a simple trailer, the point of attachment to the towing vehicle must be raised by approximately the same amount.

    (4) If 2 or more axles are being weighed and the vehicle has any axles not in that group of axles, the axles not in that group must be raised to approximately the same level as the axles being weighed.

    (5) If 2 or more axles are being weighed and the vehicle is either a semi-trailer or simple trailer, the point of attachment of the trailer to the towing vehicle must also be raised by approximately the same amount.

    (6) If this clause requires the point of attachment of a trailer to the towing vehicle to be raised, this may be done by raising the axles of the towing vehicle to approximately the same level as the axles being weighed.

    (7) The weight, total weight, or gross weight of a group of axles may be obtained by simultaneously placing all axles of the group on wheel-weighers and then—

    • (a) adding the weights recorded; or

    • (b) if a summing cable is used, noting the weight recorded on one of the wheel-weighers joined by the cable; or

    • (c) using a combination of the methods referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) in which each axle is taken into account only once.

9 Revocation
  • The Transport (Measurement of Weight) Notice 1988 (SR 1988/267) is consequentially revoked.

Dated at Wellington this 16th day of December 1997.

M S Morris,
Chairperson.

This notice was made by the Land Transport Safety Authority of New Zealand by a resolution passed at a duly constituted meeting held on the 16th day of December 1997.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 18 December 1997.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Transport (Measurement of Weight) Notice 1997. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the notice as at 1 March 1999, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)