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The Land Transport Amendment Act was passed on 3 August 2017 and includes a couple of changes affecting drivers and providers of large passenger services (13 seats or more, including the driver), such as buses. Other requirements for drivers and providers of large passenger services, such as vehicles requiring CoFs, remain unchanged. 

Licences

From 1 October 2017, Passenger Service Licences no longer exist and are replaced by either a Small Passenger Service Licence (SPSL) or a Large Passenger Service Licence (LPSL) or both.

If you previously held a PSL, we automatically issued you with both new transport service licences at no cost.

If you do not currently have a PSL and you intend to run a passenger service using large passenger service vehicles, you need to apply for a LPSL. You need to hold a Certificate of Knowledge of Law & Practice in order to be granted a LPSL.

The P (Passenger) Endorsement course

You are still required to hold a passenger (P) endorsement in order to drive a large passenger service vehicle but you no longer need to sit a course as part of the P endorsement application process.

You must have held your full New Zealand licence for two years before you can be granted a P endorsement. No further driving test is required to get your P endorsement (previously a driver was required to re-sit a full licence test if five years had passed since the test was taken).