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R T W endorsements for special-type vehicles

Information about endorsements for special-type vehicles that run on rollers, wheels or self-laying tracks. 

When do you need a special-type endorsement

If you drive a special-type vehicle that isn’t a forklift on the road, you must have an R, T or W endorsement on your driver licence.

  • The R endorsement is for vehicles that run on rollers.
  • The T endorsement is for vehicles that run on self-laying tracks.
  • The W endorsement is for vehicles that run on wheels that aren’t forklifts, passenger vehicles, tractors, fire engines, trade vehicles or vehicle recovery service vehicles.

Requirements for an R, T or W endorsement

You must hold a full licence 

To get an R, T or W endorsement, you must hold a full New Zealand class 1 driver licence. 

You will need to complete a course

You'll need to provide a certificate showing that you've successfully completed an approved R, T and/or W endorsement course. 

Please note that you can’t drive on the road just because you’ve got the course certificate. The endorsement must be on your driver licence first. 

Note: the Transport Agency-approved courses cover the road rules and basic handling skills. They're not a replacement for courses covering OSH requirements or the skills required for particular work environments.

Find an approved course provider in your area

How to make your application

To get your R, T and/or W endorsement, you must apply at a driver licensing agent

You will need to:

Your R, T or W endorsement will expire the same day as your driver licence.

You must also have the right class

In addition to holding the appropriate special-type vehicle endorsement, you must also hold the appropriate full class of licence for the vehicle you want to operate. The class of licence will depend on the type of vehicle, its weight and the speed you will be driving at.

If you’re not sure whether you need an endorsement, call our contact centre on 0800 822 422.

Special-type  vehicle

 Class 1 (restricted)

Class 1 (full)

Class 2 (full)

Class 4 (full)

Agricultural tractor when driven on a road at a speed not exceeding 40km/h

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Agricultural tractor/trailer combination when driven on a road at a speed not exceeding 40km/h

Not more than 25,000kg gross combined weight (GCW)

Not more than 25,000kg gross combined weight (GCW)

Not more than 18,000kg gross combined weight (GCW)

Non-agricultural tractor

Not more than 4500kg gross laden weight (GLW)

More than 6000 kg but not more than 18,000kg GLW

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Non-agricultural tractor when driven on a road at a speed not exceeding 30km/h

Not more than 4500kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Non-agricultural tractor/trailer combination (other than an agricultural tractor/trailer combination) being used in a non-agricultural land operations when driven on a road at a speed not exceeding 30km/h

 

Not more than 25,000 kg gross combined weight (GCW)

Agricultural motor vehicle that runs on wheels when driven on a road at a speed not exceeding 40km/h

 

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Agricultural tractor (when an R, T or W endorsement is also held)

 

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Agricultural tractor/trailer combination (when an R, T or W endorsement is also held)

 

Not more than 25,000kg gross combined weight (GCW)

Not more than 18,000kg gross combined weight (GCW)

Special-type vehicle that runs on rollers or self-laying tracks

 

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

More than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Special-type vehicle that runs on wheels – when driven on a road at a speed not exceeding 30km/h

 

Not more than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

More than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

Special-type vehicle that runs on wheels – when driven on a road at a speed exceeding 30km/h

 

Not more than 6000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

More than 6000kg but not more than 18,000 kg GLW

More than 18,000kg gross laden weight (GLW)

What’s the definition of a ‘road’?

The definition of a road, for the application of transport laws, is very broad. It includes not only streets and highways, but any place the public has access to – including bridges, culverts, beaches, riverbeds, reserve lands, wharves and road shoulders.

If you drive a special-type vehicle in any of these areas, the rules relating to registration, licensing and general driver behaviour all apply.

Download Factsheet 40: R, T and W endorsements for special-type vehicles [PDF, 62 KB]

Download Factsheet 66: Driver licensing courses for licence classes and endorsements [PDF, 70 KB]

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