If you drive any type of vehicle involved in a towing service, your driver licence must include a current vehicle recovery (V) endorsement. This simply verifies that you have the knowledge and skills to provide this service safely.
Where vehicle recovery endorsement requirements apply
Generally you need a vehicle recovery endorsement where you provide a towing service for a reward of some form.
This requirement doesn’t apply to:
- towing or carrying a motorcycle or moped
- towing or carrying your own vehicle
- towing or carrying of one motor vehicle without reward, when the towing or carrying vehicle is not designed or adapted for this purpose.
- towing of disabled vehicles using a rope or flat tow by someone contracted by an insurance company or employed by a garage or workshop.
There are other exceptions, including towing undertaken by the NZ Defence Force.
Find out more about the exceptions, and how to get a V endorsement