Guide for Transportation of High Loads through Electricity Network Areas in New Zealand

This draft Guide was prepared originally in 2008 by the EEA in consultation with the New Zealand Heavy Haulage Association (NZHHA). Since 2015, the EEA has received feedback on the existing Guide and the consultation draft incorporates both feedback and legislative and regulatory required changes.

The draft can be downloaded from the EEA website - here.


This Guide has been developed to assist the achievement of consistent practices among (electricity) network operators and improve compliance of haulage contractors with the transport of high loads through electricity network areas.

The Guide has been updated to reflect changes that have occurred in legislation since 2008. The New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice No. 34 Electrical Safety Distances (ECP 34) remains unchanged. However, the Health and Safety in Employment Act was replaced by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, the Electricity Regulations 1997 have been superseded by the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 and the Traffic Regulations 1976 have been superseded by various Land Transport Rules, the Rule applicable to the transport of high loads being Land Transport Rule - Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 (Rule 41001).

Additionally, following consultation with the NZHHA, the guide has been further amended by EEA's Safety Standards and Procedures Group (SSPG) to incorporate the use of skids advice provided by the NZHHA and alignment with the Land Transport Rule.


Feedback is welcomed on all aspects of this Guide and the EEA is particularly interested in obtaining feedback related to:

  • Amendments to the Land Transport Rule - incorporating alignment with Rule requirements in s. 1.4 Permissions and s. 1.9 Summary Table.
  • Use of skids in s.10.9.

A feedback form is available on the EEA website - link here.

When providing feedback and identification of issues, omissions and improvements, the EEA would appreciate you incorporating recommended additions/amendments for the SSPG to consider.

If you require any further information, please contact


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