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.
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.
Questions and answers are provided to accompany a new rule or amendment when they are signed. These and other consultation documents on this page have not been updated to take into account any later rule amendments and are retained for historic interest only.
Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2012 is a public consultation document for the purposes of notifying proposals to change requirements in a number of existing Land Transport Rules.
Omnibus Amendment Rules provide a means for consulting on relatively straightforward 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. Changes made through this process should not impose any significant compliance requirements or costs on government, industry or the public.
The amendment Rules are:
These amendment Rules were consulted on in Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2012 (the Omnibus Amendment Rule).
Following consultation, the provisions in the Omnibus Amendment Rule were split into 10 separate amendment Rules for signing and publication.
The changes to Land Transport Rules were necessary for a variety of reasons. These include:
Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2012
The amendment Rule:
All the amendment Rules come into force on 1 November 2012 (except Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Amendment 2012 which will come into force on 1 December 2012). Until the amendment Rules come into force, the current requirements continue to apply.
Yes. On 16 May 2012, the NZ Transport Agency advised about 2500 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 Omnibus Amendment Rule and a summary of the proposed changes were made available on request. The Omnibus Amendment Rule and information material were also available on the NZ Transport Agency’s website.
Public notices seeking submissions were published in the daily newspapers in the major centres (Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) and in the New Zealand Gazette. The NZ Transport Agency received 27 submissions on the amendment proposals. The submissions were taken into account in preparing the amendment Rules for signing.
The NZ Transport Agency subsequently undertook consultation on the amendment to Schedule 7 of the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Rule allowing overdimension motor vehicles exceeding 4.7 m in height to use the southern section of the Auckland Southern Motorway. This proposal was notified to interested parties and was made available on the NZ Transport Agency’s website on 14 September 2012. A notice of the proposal was also published in the New Zealand Gazette. The NZ Transport Agency received seven submissions on the proposed amendment and these were taken in to account in preparing the amendment Rule.
The Land Transport Act 1998 allows the Minister of Transport to make Land Transport Rules. Rules are drafted in plain English and go through an extensive consultation process with interested groups and the public. This is to ensure that they are easily understood and are widely complied with. Rules are usually prepared by the NZ Transport Agency under contract to the Ministry of Transport and, like regulations, have the force of law.
Final rules are available on the website. Printed copies of Land Transport Rules can be purchased from selected bookshops throughout New Zealand that sell legislation.
All Rules except the Driver Licensing and Road User Rules can also be purchased from the Rule printers and distributors, Wickliffe Solutions, PO Box 932 Dunedin or by telephoning (06) 358 8231. The Driver Licensing and Road User Rules are available from Legislation Direct (telephone 568 0005).Rules can also be inspected at the National Office and regional offices of the NZ Transport Agency.
A newsletter outlining the Rule changes is sent to the groups and individuals who have registered their interest in Rules that have been amended. Where necessary, the NZ Transport Agency will advise relevant industry groups of the changes. It will also update any relevant factsheets or other information material available on its website to reflect the changes brought about by the amendment Rules.
Further information about the amendment Rules can be obtained by calling the NZ Transport Agency’s Contact Centre on 0800 699 000.