This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 September 1999, make miscellaneous amendments to the Traffic Regulations 1976 consequential on rules under Part 11 of the Land Transport Act 1998 (land transport rules) relating to passenger service vehicles that are to come into force on that day.
Restrictions on the towing of trailers by passenger service vehicles are eased. It will be unlawful to carry passengers in a trailer; and there will be restrictions on the gross vehicle mass of trailers (3500 kg in the case of heavy passenger service vehicles, and 2000 kg in the case of light passenger service vehicles). But otherwise a passenger service vehicle may tow a trailer if—
•The vehicle is less than 11 m long, has a forward distance of less than 8.5 m, and (whatever the weight of the trailer) meets the stability requirements of the New Zealand Standard relating to the towing of light trailers; and
•The trailer is less than 11 m long, has a forward distance of less than 8.5 m and a rear overhang of less than 4 m and, displays its tare weight, and (whatever its weight) complies with the New Zealand Standard relating to light trailers; and
•The vehicle and trailer are less than 19 m long when coupled.
A requirement for efficient mechanically operated windscreen wipers in passenger service vehicles, which is present contained in the Passenger Service Vehicle Construction Regulations 1978, is inserted in regulation 73.
Regulation 75 is redrafted so that the requirement to have a sun visor, which is at present optional for motor vehicles whose construction makes the fitting of such a visor not reasonably practicable, becomes mandatory for passenger service vehicles.
Regulation 79 is redrafted so that a passenger service vehicle may be operated while a television set in it is in use, if the operation of the set complies with rules under Part 11 of the Land Transport Act 1998. At present, a motor vehicle may not be operated while a television set in it is in use unless it is not visible to the driver, or it is used only to enable the driver to reverse safely.