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Heavy vehicle permits

The information on this page relates to driving over-weight vehicles (permits managed by Hastings District Council), and over-dimensional vehicles and loads, HPMV and 50Max vehicles (managed by NZTA) on Hastings’ roads.

Over-weight vehicles

Trucks or transportation devices that exceed general access mass limits (Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimension and Mass 2016) are required to obtain a permit to be driven on Hastings’ road.

To apply for a permit, download and complete the NZTA Overweight Permit Application (on pages 3 and 4, there are notes on filling out the form and terminology explanations). Lodge this form with Hastings District Council by email or deliver it to Council’s administration building in Lyndon Rd, Hastings.

How much will it cost?

All charges are listed in the table below. Where identical permits for multiple vehicles are applied for at the same time, you will only be charged for one permit.

How long are the permits valid for?

  • New continuous or area-wide: up to a maximum of two years unless otherwise specified
  • Single trip: up to a maximum of seven days
  • Multiple trip: up to a maximum of one month

When are permits not issued?


  • Darkey’s Spur Road – From Waipunga Road to Holts Forest Road
  • Burma Road – From State Highway 2 to Raukawa Road


  • Karamu Road – From Victoria Street to Grove Road


For more information on overweight vehicles, contact Council’s transport engineer by email or phone +64 6 871 5000.

Transportation Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Transportation fees and charges Fee (incl GST)
Overweight Permits
(A) Generic Overweight Permit$180.00 
Note: Issued when an area wide permit is required to cover Hastings District Council defined roads. Permit outlines roads to be used, bridges to be crossed, bridges which are prohitbited. Permit not to exceed 2 years.
(B) Individual Overweight Permit$120.00 
Note: Issued when a permit is required to cover Hastings District Council defined roads, where a specific route is requested for a specific date. Permit outlines roads to be used, bridges to be crossed, bridges which are prohibited.
(C) Inspections (per hour)$100.00 

Over-dimensional vehicles and loads

To apply for a permit, complete the application on the NZTA website.

For more information on over-dimensional vehicles and loads visit the NZTA website.

High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV) permits

HPMV permits are managed by NZTA. The issuing of a permit allows a freight operator to carry heavier payloads on parts of the network where bridges have been upgraded to take the greater weights. Please find further information including how to apply for a permit on the NZTA website.

Approved High Productivity Motor Vehicles Routes can be found on this map on the NZTA website.

50 Max permits

50MAX is a new generation of truck that allows for the more efficient transport of freight. 50MAX trucks are slightly longer than general access vehicles, have an additional axle (nine in total) and can have a total weight of up to 50 tonnes. Please submit your 50 max permit application to NZTA here.

You can see 50max restricted bridges on this NZTA map.

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