This rule sets requirements aimed at protecting vehicle occupants in a frontal impact crash.
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The amendment Rule contains changes to Land Transport Rule: Frontal Impact 2001 (the Frontal Impact Rule) to enable some vehicles that do not comply with a frontal impact standard to be brought into New Zealand and registered for use on the road, subject to specific conditions.
The amendment Rule streamlines the frontal impact compliance process for vehicles that meet these conditions when they are brought into New Zealand.
The changes apply to vehicles in the following categories:
The amendment Rule removes the need for these vehicles to meet an approved frontal impact standard, subject to their meeting certain other conditions.
Currently, vehicles that are required to comply with an approved vehicle standard, but do not comply, can enter New Zealand only if the Director of Land Transport (the Director) grants an exemption from this requirement. An exemption regime, however, is intended to allow individual cases to be considered on their merits. Exemptions are not the best way of dealing with a known recurring situation such as the entry into New Zealand of these categories of vehicle. The amendment Rule allows certain vehicles (which do not meet New Zealand's frontal impact standards) to be registered for use on New Zealand roads, subject to meeting specific conditions, without the need for their owners to seek an exemption.
Aside from changes to the process for importing vehicles that do not comply with a frontal impact standard, the amendment Rule also makes necessary changes to some of the terminology and definitions in the Frontal Impact Rule as a result of changes that have been made in other legislation, including other Rules.
Additionally, the applicant must be a New Zealand citizen or resident, must not have received a special interest vehicle permit for at least two years prior to the application, and must have another car or similar vehicle for everyday use.
The amended Rule does not change requirements for bringing a left-hand drive vehicles into New Zealand.
Yes, vehicles still have to comply with the general safety requirements within the Frontal Impact Rule, and also the general vehicle standards requirements for entry certification.
Once the Rule comes into force, motor sport vehicles will be excluded from the entry requirements prescribed in Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions 2007 while immigrants’ and special interest vehicles will be excluded from the requirement to meet an approved vehicle emissions standard.
Yes, they are as follows:
Yes, they are as follows:
The Rule allows applications to be made within 18 months of an applicant’s arrival in, or return to, New Zealand.
In addition, the Rule provides transitional provisions for immigrants’ vehicles where vehicles were border inspected before 8 May 2008.
The Director cannot grant exemptions from any conditions for immigrants’ vehicles or special interest vehicles, including the annual quota for special interest vehicle permits.
There is a small charge to cover the process that people wanting to register immigrants’ vehicles and special interest vehicles will be required to complete.
The amendment Rule comes into force on 8 May 2008.
The amendment Rule restricts the Director to issuing no more than 200 special interest vehicle permits in any one calendar year.
A special interest vehicle permit that ceased to be valid in the calendar year in which it was issued will not be counted in the annual quota of 200 permits. A permit would cease to be valid if the vehicle was not inspected at the border, or certified for entry, within six months.
It is not anticipated that the proposed changes will significantly affect the risk to safety as a result of non-compliant vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet.
The Land Transport Act 1998 (the Act) provides for the Minister of Transport to make land transport rules that govern the safety and licensing of vehicles.
Section 155(a) and (b) of the Act states that Rules may set out standards and requirements concerning vehicles, including their construction, repair, maintenance, modification, and requirements concerning systems, components, devices, fittings, or equipment to be incorporated in the construction of, fitted to, or carried in or on motor vehicles, or to be used by the driver or any other person.
A copy of the final amendment Rule will be available for purchase from selected bookshops that sell legislation or direct from the Rule printers and distributors, Wickliffe Limited, telephone (06) 358 8231.
Further information about the amendment Rule can be obtained by calling the NZ Transport Agency Contact Centre on freephone 0800 699 000.