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Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004

This rule establishes the rules under which traffic operates on roads. It applies to all road users, whether they are drivers, riders, passengers, pedestrians, or leading or droving animals.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rules Team by emailing

Land Transport Rules

Questions & answers

Amendment Rules 2007/08

What are these amendment Rules?

With the exception of Land Transport Rule: Heavy Vehicles Amendment 2008 (Rule 31002/3) (the Heavy Vehicles Amendment) these amendment Rules were signed by the Minister for Transport Safety in December 2007. The Heavy Vehicles Amendment was signed in March 2008.

How did these amendment Rules originate?

These amendment Rules were all consulted on as part of the draft Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2007 (the Omnibus Amendment Rule).

Following consultation, the provisions in the Omnibus Amendment Rule were split into separate amendment Rules. An eleventh amendment Rule consulted on in the Omnibus Amendment Rule, Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment [2008], has yet to be signed.

Why were the amendments Rules made?

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

  • to update Rules as a result of changes to other New Zealand legislation, including other Rules;
  • to clarify requirements in Rules;
  • to update standards and other material incorporated by reference in Rules;
  • to make minor technical or editing changes; and
  • to correct minor inconsistencies or oversights in Rules.

When did these amendment Rules come into force?

The Heavy Vehicles Amendment comes into force on 28 April 2008. The other amendment Rules came into force on 17 January 2008.

Was the public consulted on the amendments?

Yes. In August 2007, Land Transport New Zealand 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 the summary of the proposed changes were made available to people on request. The Omnibus Amendment Rule and information material were also available on the Land Transport NZ website.

Public notices seeking submissions were placed in the daily newspapers in the metropolitan centres (Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) and the Minister's intention to make the amendment Rules was notified in the New Zealand Gazette. NZ Transport Agency received 35 submissions on the Omnibus Amendment Rule.

What is the legal basis for the amendment Rules?

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 NZ Transport Agency under contract to the Ministry of Transport and, like regulations, have the force of law.

Where can I get copies of the amendment Rules?

Final rules are available on our website (external link) . Printed copies of Land Transport Rules can be purchased from selected bookshops throughout New Zealand that sell legislation. Most Rules can also be purchased from the Rule printers and distributors, Wickliffe Ltd, telephone (06) 358 8231. The Land Transport (Road User) Amendment (No 2) 2007 was drafted by the Parliamentary Counsel Office and printed copies can also be purchased through the printers of that Rule, Legislation Direct (telephone (04) 568 0005).

Rules may also be inspected at regional offices of NZ Transport Agency.

How does NZ Transport Agency make sure people know about the amendment Rules?

A newsletter outlining the changes to the Rules is sent to groups and individuals who registered their interest in the Rules that have been amended. Stakeholders and industry groups likely to be directly affected by specific amendments are also sent information about the changes.

NZ Transport Agency updates fact sheets and other information material available on the NZ Transport Agency website to reflect the changes brought about by the amendment Rules.

How can I get more information about the amendment Rules?

You can contact the NZ Transport Agency Contact Centre on 0800 699 000 for more information about the Rules.

Page created: 20 March 2008