1 The consultation process began on 1 April 2005 with the release of the draft Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment (yellow draft) for public comment. It contained proposed amendments to 13 Land Transport Rules, including the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 (Road User Rule).
2 A letter outlining the proposed amendments was sent to approximately 2 200 organisations and individuals who had expressed an interest in, or who were considered likely to be interested in, the rules to be amended. The Minister publicised his intention to make the rule in the 5 metropolitan newspapers, the Gazette, and Te Karere National News. The yellow draft and associated material were accessible on Land Transport New Zealand's website. Thirty-three submissions were received on the yellow draft. Six of those submissions commented on the proposed amendments to the Road User Rule.
3 Following consultation, the provisions in the yellow draft were divided into separate amendment rules, including the Road User Rule. Issues identified in submissions were taken into account in redrafting the amendment rules before the rules were submitted to the Minister for Transport Safety for signature. The redrafted Road User Rule included a new amendment to clause 5.9(4), which was a consequence of a submission on the proposed amendments to Land Transport Rule 54001: Setting of Speed Limits 2003.