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Common questions about the Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2016.

  • What is Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2016?

    Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2016 (‘the Omnibus Amendment Rule’ or ‘the Rule’) includes proposals to make changes to fifteen existing Land Transport Rules. An Omnibus Amendment Rule is produced annually to group together relatively straightforward or technical consequential amendments. These types of changes need to be made continually as other legislation, and technology changes. 

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  • What is the legal basis for the Rule?

    Sections 152 to 158 (inclusive) of the Land Transport Act 1998 allow the Minister of Transport to make Land Transport Rules relating to a wide variety of issues, including those covered by the proposed Rule changes listed below.  

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  • Why has this Amendment Rule been drafted?

    The Omnibus Amendment Rule provides an effective way of consulting on a range of relatively minor changes to several Land Transport Rules, all at once.

    The changes are necessary for a range of reasons. These include:

    • clarifying or modifying current requirements to support understanding and enforcement
    • amending requirements or removing unnecessary or unintended requirements to reduce the burden of compliance (without lessening safety standards)
    • amending requirements to be consistent with current practices and technology
    • correcting errors in cross-references, descriptions and technical specifications in current Rules.
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  • Why does this year’s Omnibus Amendment Rule include a strong focus on cycling-related rules?

    The NZ Transport Agency has included some recommendations from the Cycling Safety Panel Report 2014 (external link) in the Omnibus Amendment Rule 2016.

    Cycling is now the fastest growing mode of transport in several cities and towns across New Zealand. For example, adult cycle trips into the Wellington CBD increased by 100 per cent between 2006 and 2015. However, cycling surveys show that the main reason people choose not to cycle is because they feel it is too dangerous.

    The Ministry of Transport and the Transport Agency have prioritised an initial package of rule changes that would help provide a safer environment for cyclists. The proposed changes are minor and/or technical in nature, reflect best practice design or are informed by the results of current trials. Some help to remove inconsistencies in road rules or provide more certainty for the mutual benefit of both cyclists and road users. 

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  • What is the consultation process for the proposed changes?

    The yellow draft consultation document is being released for comment. The opportunity to comment is being advertised in daily newspapers in the five main centres and in the New Zealand Gazette. Groups and individuals who have registered their interest in Rules covered by the Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2016 will be directly advised, by email, of the availability of the yellow draft for comment. They will be provided with a link to the consultation material on the NZ Transport Agency’s website and invited to make a submission.

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  • How can I make a submission?

    You can submit your comments on the online submission form or send your submission by email to, or by post to:

    Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2016
    Rules Team
    NZ Transport Agency  
    Private Bag 6995

    Submissions close at 5pm on 12 August 2016. 

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  • What will happen after the consultation process?

    The submissions received during the consultation period will be summarised and analysed, and taken into account before dividing the provisions into fifteen separate Amendment Rules. The final Amendment Rules will then be submitted to the Associate Minister of Transport for signing.

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