In addition to the swept path travel time exemption criteria changes that came in to force with the introduction of the Rule, there was also the introduction of a new tyre classification being “single mega tyre”.
With the introduction of the new tyre classification, TSL identified a benefit for cranes running on 1600 R25 or large single tyres (including metric equivalents).
The introduction of the single mega tyre classification results in an increased VDAM weight and subsequently an increase in weight covered by a vehicle’s RUC distance licence.
With an increase in a vehicle’s distance licence, there is a follow-on effect where the additional RUC licence can be reduced proportionate to the increase of the vehicle’s RUC distance licence, which varies depending how many axles the crane has (provided the additional RUC licence was purchased correctly).
Negotiation with NZTA took some time for them to agree. However, eventually they acknowledged that cranes with single mega tyres were eligible for the additional weight covered by their RUC distance licence due to the single mega tyre introduction.
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