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.
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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Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2015 (‘the Omnibus Amendment Rule’ or ‘the Rule’) is a document prepared for public consultation that contained proposals to make changes to three existing Land Transport Rules. An Omnibus Amendment Rule is produced annually to group together relatively minor or technical and consequential amendments. These types of changes need to be made often as other legislation and industry requirements change.
For the purposes of consultation, proposed amendments to three Land Transport Rules were combined into the Omnibus Amendment Rule. Following consultation, the provisions in the Omnibus Amendment Rule were split into the following amendment Rules:
The minor changes to three Land Transport Rules are necessary for a variety of reasons. These include:
The following Land Transport Rules have been amended:
Vehicle Lighting Rule 2004
All the amendment Rules come into force on 1 November 2015. Until then the current requirements continue to apply.
Yes. On 12 June 2015, the NZ Transport Agency advised about 1,400 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 accompanying information were also made 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 12 submissions on the amendment proposals. The submissions were taken into account in preparing the amendment Rules for signing.
The Land Transport Act 1998 allows the Minister of Transport to make and amend Land Transport Rules.
A newsletter outlining the Rule changes is being 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.