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Bridge Engineering Self Supervision (BESS)

Bridge Engineering Self Supervision (BESS)


If your heavy traffic vehicle needs an overweight permit to legally travel on the road then the driver needs BESS if there are any bridges that require special crossing conditions.


About the Course


This half day theory only course covers a wide range of topics including reading your permit, accurately locating your position on the road network, traffic control at bridges and positioning vehicles to cross bridges.


The first step is to be pre-approved by NZTA Application Form who will check driving and criminal history.


The employees’ company must also be BESS registered before this qualification can be used Company Form and we can provide additional information on this process if required.


The qualification only lasts 5 years and a refresher must be completed prior to this time to continue being BESS registered.


The NZTA website has a flow chart showing the steps in both processes to help you understand Flow Diagram or we can help with this or with preparing Overweight Permit applications.


Unit Standards







Demonstrate knowledge of the Self Supervision Requirements for Overweight Vehicles Crossing Bridges





What Will I Need?


Copy of NZTA approval letter

BESS card if completing refresher

Drivers Licence

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