This page lists any updates to The official New Zealand road code since the last published edition. These changes will usually have been caused by a legislation change.
The current version of The official New Zealand road code is 2023.
In November 2022 we released the 2023 version of The official New Zealand road code.
This road code has had a refresh to make it more accessible for learner drivers.
We've removed information that isn't essential to preparing for a learner test, and it's available on our website instead.
We've also updated most of the pictures to make them clearer for learner drivers. The pictures will also be updated in the computerised theory test from 1 December 2022.
There are no changes to road rules or driving regulations, so learner drivers can still use older versions of the road code to prepare for their test.
This information is now available in the driver licensing section of our website.
This information is now available in the vehicles section of our website.
Changed the How much does it cost to get your class 1 driver licence? section:
How much does it cost to get your class 1 driver licence?
The application fee includes the tests required for each stage. It’s free to change, cancel or rebook your test if you need to.
All fees include GST and are non-refundable.
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Note: this amount doesn’t include fees for re-sitting tests if you fail the first time. If you need to re-sit a test you’ll need to pay another test fee, but you won’t be charged another application fee.
Changing or cancelling your test
You’ll have to pay a further fee if you want to change or cancel your test.
Where there are 2 or more completely working days between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you’ll need to pay a rescheduling fee of $16.40.
This covers the time and costs included when a test is cancelled or rescheduled.
Where there are less than 2 complete working days between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you won’t pay a rescheduling fee but you’ll need to pay another test fee.
You can apply for a refund of the first test fee paid. If the test time is filled by another person. Then the test fee may be partly refunded – a processing fee of $16.40 will be deducted.
Added Thai language to the theory test options.
In the How do I apply for a restricted licence section, deleted reference to test fees.
In the How do I apply for a full licence section, deleted reference to test fees.
Updated image: Passing on the right at an intersection with more than one lane on your side of the road
We've moved the arrow showing the vehicle in the lane closest to the centre line turning right into the far left lane, to show the vehicle turning into the lane closest to the centre line.
Added new beach and river variable speed limit signs.
These speed limit signs can be used at beaches or rivers. If pedestrians are present, the speed limit is 30km/h. If there are no pedestrians, the speed limit is 60km/h.
Added text about reflective warning triangles, and made it clearer that Police use Crash and Accident warning signs rather than reflective triangles at crash sites.
At a crash site the police may use signs, flashing lights and flares to warn approaching drivers.
When coming up to a crash site, slow down and drive carefully. The road may be blocked and there could be injured people lying on it.
Police put these signs near a crash site. They mean you must ride at 20km/h or less until you pass the crash site. Watch out for emergency workers and injured people.
This is a reflective warning triangle. It means there's a breakdown or crash ahead. Anyone can put a warning triangle on the side of the road to warn other road users.