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About rules

Published: | Category: About rules , Land transport rules | Audience: General

An introduction to land transport rules, including the status of rules currently being developed. Index of land transport rules

Land transport rules

| Category: Land transport rules | Audiences: General, Local & regional government

Land transport rules are a form of delegated legislation similar to regulations. The Transport Agency produces rules for the Minister of Transport under an agreement made with the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport. If you have any questions, please contact the Rules Team by emailing rules@nzta. govt. nz

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Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Equipment 2004

Published: | Category: Vehicle equipment , Land transport rules | Audience: General

This rule covers safety and maintenance requirements for equipment fitted to motor vehicles: warning devices, speedometers, sun visors, mudguards, footrests on motorcycles and mopeds, child restraints, televisions, fuel tanks and fuel lines. Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule.

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions 2007

Published: | Category: Vehicle exhaust emissions , Land transport rules | Audiences: Motorists, Vehicle inspectors & inspecting organisations

This rule applies to motor vehicles that are required to be certified for entry into, or operation in, service. It is aimed at achieving improvements in air quality by reducing the levels of harmful emissions from motor vehicles.  

Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule.

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004

Published: | Category: Vehicle lighting , Land transport rules | Audience: General

This rule sets out standards and safety requirements for lighting equipment that is fitted to a vehicle (including a pedal cycle), to allow the vehicle to be operated safely and not endanger the safety of other road users. Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule.

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016

Published: | Category: Heavy vehicles , Vehicle dimensions and mass , Land transport rules | Audiences: General, Heavy vehicle operators

The rule covers requirements for dimension and mass limits to enable vehicles, in particular, heavy truck and trailer combinations, to be operated safely on New Zealand’s roads. Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule. Note: Both of these pages will also provide links to the consultation material – such as summary of submissions and FAQs (questions and answers) – for each version and amendment.

Land Transport Rule: Tyres and Wheels 2001

Published: | Category: Tyres and wheels , Land transport rules | Audience: General

This rule sets requirements relating to tyres and wheels and their assembly with hubs and axles, on all motor vehicles and also on pedal cycles. Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule. Note: Both of these pages will also provide links to the consultation material – such as summary of submissions and FAQs (questions and answers) – for each version and amendment.

Land Transport Rule: Heavy Vehicles 2004

Published: | Category: Heavy vehicles , Land transport rules | Audiences: General, Heavy vehicle operators

This rule sets out requirements and standards for heavy vehicle safety. It applies to vehicles with a gross vehicle mass of more than 3500kg. Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule. Note: Both of these pages will also provide links to the consultation material – such as summary of submissions and FAQs (questions and answers) – for each version and amendment.

Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks 2007

Published: | Category: Work time and logbooks , Land transport rules | Audience: General

This rule sets out how the limits to the work time hours for a driver of a vehicle that requires a class 2, 3, 4, or 5 licence, or is used in a transport service (other than a rental service), or carries goods for hire or reward, are to be administered.  

Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule.

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002

Published: | Category: Vehicle standards compliance , Land transport rules | Audience: General

This rule sets out standards and safety requirements for lighting equipment that is fitted to a vehicle (including a pedal cycle), to allow the vehicle to be operated safely and not endanger the safety of other road users. Rule versions
The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information. The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule.