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Common questions about the Land Transport Rule: Regulatory Stewardship (Omnibus) Amendment 2018.

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  • What is Land Transport Rule: Regulatory Stewardship (Omnibus) Amendment 2018?

    Land Transport Rule: Regulatory Stewardship (Omnibus) Amendment 2018 (‘the Omnibus Amendment Rule’) is a document prepared for public consultation that contains proposals to change requirements in a number of existing Land Transport Rules. Annual Omnibus Amendment Rules provide a means for consulting on relatively straightforward, small and discrete Rule changes that are mainly of a technical or editorial nature, or that originate, for example, from the need to reflect current industry best practice or changes to other legislation.

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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 – road user behaviour, vehicles, driver and operator licensing and roads (traffic control devices).

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  • Why has this Amendment Rule been drafted?

    The Omnibus Amendment Rule allows us to consult 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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Making a submission

  • What is the consultation process for the proposed changes outlined in the Omnibus Amendment Rule?

    The yellow draft consultation document has been 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 Land Transport Rules will be directly advised of the availability of the yellow draft for comment. They will be provided with a link to the consultation material on the Transport Agency’s website and invited to make a submission.

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Questions raised during consultation

Updated 31 July 2018

Some correspondents seek further clarification on the proposed Rule changes to assist them to compose their submission.

Requests for further clarification on the Omnibus Amendment Rule and the respective Transport Agency responses, are captured in the table to ensure all potential respondents can access this additional information.

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Request for clarification raised


24 - Allow for higher pressure inflation of heavy vehicle tyres if the manufacturer has specified a higher pressure


Tyres and Wheels 2001, clauses 2.4(2) & 2.4(3)


[See Omnibus Amendment 2018, clause 12.3]

Is this amendment as a result of the high productivity motor vehicles higher mass limits? What impact, (if any) is there on road surface degradation as a result of maximum inflation pressure from 825 kPa (120 psi) to 900 kPa (130.5 psi)?

The answer is no, the amendment was not raised as a result of HPMV. The main reasons for this proposed change and the impacts are:

  1. To allow for required (higher) inflation pressure to meet axle load requirements over the front axle of some trucks (i.e. there is an engine/transmission tare weight issue) – the weight over the front axle is determined by the factory-set vehicle cab-chassis design and the higher pressure is needed for some truck and tyre combinations.
  2. Despite the requirement in the Rule, the vast majority of operators follow tyre manufacturer recommended inflation pressures anyway (for safety and fuel efficiency), so the impacts on the pavement surface are already happening.
  3. There is no negative impact of subsurface pavement condition.