Different countries – different regulations

4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 3, 2020

Kerley Bros Transport Ltd call their latest MAN TGX 35.640 with its XLX cab ‘The Lion King‘.

The specifications for length, height and weights that are well known in Europe differ from those found in other countries on other continents. However, with the wide range of models offered by MAN, it is possible to meet all the differing country-specific requirements and specifications – for example in New Zealand.

For the ‘truck-and-trailer‘ combination, the regulations in New Zealand are as follows: maximum length of 23 metres, maximum height of 4.25 metres, and 50 tonnes of permissible gross weight. The combination of low axle loads – for example six tonnes on a steering axle – and a truck toll charge based on weight and distance, means that trucks in New Zealand often have more axles than their Europeans counterparts.

At Mainfreight, the MAN TGX runs on a powerful D38 engine as part of the fleet.

When it comes to high performance, MAN is ready and waiting with the D38 engine in the TGX series. This is only available in the Euro 6 version. In accordance with the weight and axle load specifications, chassis in New Zealand are given a second front axle, with the conversion carried out by importer Penske. With a turntable drawbar trailer, the entire train has a total of nine axles and 50 tonnes of permissible gross train weight. On the long journeys on the North and South Islands, the large cab of the TGX series offers driver comfort. The engine output of the MAN D38 offers good tractive power – important for safe and economical journeys across terrain that can range from hilly to mountainous. You see this vehicle combination on the roads for both long-haul transport and also livestock transport.

With a fleet of high payload MAN TGM 26.290 6×4 BB vehicles, Stevenson Concrete transports concrete to construction sites in and around Auckland.

Kerley Bros Transport Ltd call their latest MAN TGX 35.640 with its XLX cab ‘The Lion King‘. It is their fourth MAN – the first with the D38 engine. With their MAN vehicle, and its permissible gross train weight of 50 tonnes, the company transports cattle in the North Island. Mainfreight‘s transport service provider, R & H Transport Ltd, also opted for the most powerful MAN, a TGX 35.640 with curtainside bodies on the tractor unit and the trailer.

The largest model of the TGM series in the MAN range has a chassis with high payload and three axles. With its lightweight, 6-cylinder engine from the D08 series and the compact C-cab, it is deployed in the construction sector or in heavy-duty distribution transport, for example. The MAN TGM 26.290 6×4 BB meets the Euro 5 exhaust gas treatment requirements that are applicable in New Zealand. This is the type that Stevenson Concrete Ltd decided to use for its fleet, which delivers ready-mixed concrete to construction sites in and around Auckland.

On the road with chilled goods, right across the South Island: a MAN TGM 26.340 with an aerodynamically shaped box body.

Manoeuvrability and payload play an important part in distribution transport. The 3-axle MAN TGM 26.340 6×2-4 BL chassis, with a steered and liftable trailing axle, has been fitted with an aerodynamically optimised, approximately four-metre-high refrigerated body. M & J Barrett Ltd use it for food transport on route between Christchurch and Nelson.