In September 2021, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency consulted on the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2021, which proposed the following changes:
Consultation on the proposed changes was carried out to make getting a licence more accessible and remove cost and stress for drivers by allowing them to stay at their licence stage if they choose to or gain the skills and confidence to progress to the next licence stage at their own pace.
The changes will also alleviate pressure on the driver licensing system that has a substantial backlog due to COVID lockdowns and is expecting approximately 3,000-5,000 learner and restricted licence holders a month will apply to have their learner or restricted licence renewed between now and late 2023.
Waka Kotahi received a total of 554 submissions on the proposed changes and after considering all the feedback on the questions posed during consultation prepared final draft amendment Rule for the Minister of Transport's approval.
Note that this amendment Rule comes into force on 1 December 2021.