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Land Transport Rule: Operator Safety Rating 2008

This rule sets out the key aspects of the operator rating system. The rating of operators will allow NZ Transport Agency compliance units, and police enforcement units, to focus on operators of vehicles covered by the rule.

About the rule

The rule is available in consolidated format (ie, a full, up-to-date, version of the rule including all its amendments) or as the original, unamended rule with separate amendment rules. Choose the option that best suits your needs from the list below.

To access the consolidated version of the rule (available only in PDF format), click on ‘Consolidation’ below.

The electronic versions of legislation on this website, and any legislation printed from the website:

  • have no official status

  • are made available for information only and should not be relied on as the authoritative text.

About the questions and answers

Questions and answers are provided to accompany a new rule or amendment rule when it is signed. These versions of the questions and answers are not updated to take into account any later amendments to the rule and are retained for historic interest only.

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Land Transport Rules – questions & answers

Amendment Rules from the Omnibus Amendment 2009

What are the new amendment Rules?

The new amendment Rules signed by the Minister of Transport (the Minister) are:

  • Land Transport Rule: Heavy-vehicle Brakes Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Operator Safety Rating Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Passenger Service Vehicles Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Seatbelts and Seatbelt Anchorages Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Tyres and Wheels Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting Amendment 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance Amendment (No 2) 2009
  • Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks Amendment 2009.

How did these amendment Rules originate?

These amendment Rules make changes to 11 Land Transport Rules. They were consulted on as part of the draft Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2008 (the draft Omnibus Amendment Rule).

Following consultation, the provisions in the draft Omnibus Amendment Rule were split into separate amendment Rules. A further amendment Rule consulted on in the draft Omnibus Amendment Rule, Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment (No 2) 2008, was signed in December 2008, with provisions coming into force on two separate dates, 15 January and 1 April 2009.

Why were the amendments Rules made?

The amendment Rules make relatively minor changes to Rules. The amendments are required:

  • to clarify current requirements;
  • to better align New Zealand requirements with overseas standards;
  • amend procedural requirements to accord with industry needs or practices;
  • make requirements more flexible (without diminishing safety standards);
  • make consequential changes required as a result of changes to other land transport legislation, including Rules; and
  • make other minor changes to Rules.

When do these amendment Rules come into force?

Ten of these Rules come into force on 7 May 2009. Land Transport Rule: Operator Safety Rating Amendment 2009 will be brought into effect by Gazette notice.

Was the public consulted on the amendments?

Yes. In August 2008, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) advised about 1500 groups and individuals registered on the Rules consultation database, by letter or email, of the proposed changes and invited them to make submissions. Printed copies of the draft Omnibus Amendment Rule and the summary of the proposed changes were made available to people on request. The draft Omnibus Amendment Rule and information material were also available on the NZTA