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Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004

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.

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.

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  • 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's website.

Public notices seeking submissions were published in the daily newspapers in the major centres (Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) and the Minister's intention to make the amendment Rules was notified in the New Zealand Gazette. The NZTA received 24 submissions on the draft 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 the NZTA 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 in the Resources & manuals section. 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.

Rules may also be inspected at regional offices of the NZTA.

How will the NZTA make sure people know about the amendment Rules?

A newsletter outlining the changes to the Rules will be sent to groups and individuals who registered their interest in the Rules that have been amended.

The NZTA will update any relevant Factsheets or other information material available on its website to reflect the changes brought about by the amendment Rules.

How can I get more information about the amendment Rules?

You can call the NZTA Contact Centre on 0800 699 000 for more information about the amendment Rules.

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