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Oversize loads play an important role in the New Zealand’s economy and are therefore permitted to travel on the country’s roads. To minimise disruptions and ensure the safety of other road users special operating conditions apply.

These operating conditions are designed to ensure that other road users are kept safe while using the road. These conditions may include:

- Restricted times of travel
- Load pilots to provide advance warning
- Special signage and lighting

Other road users may need to take care around overdimension and overweight loads that at times may need more road space than normal freight loads.

The range of different lighting and signage employed on pilot vehicles and overdimension transporters can give other road users an indication of the size of the load and what precautions that may need to be taken.