Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011

Reprint
as at 1 July 2013

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011

(SR 2011/79)

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 28th day of March 2011

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Transport.


Pursuant to section 269 of the Land Transport Act 1998, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

Contents

1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Interpretation

Part 1
Registration

4 Application for registration of motor vehicle

5 Entry on register and issue of certificates

6 Cancellation of registration on destruction or permanent removal of motor vehicle

7 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 12 months

8 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 24 months

9 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle not registered or licensed in accordance with Act or regulations made under Act

10 Surrender of plates on cancellation of registration

Part 2
Licensing

11 Application for licence

12 Issue of licences on payment of accident insurance levy

13 Commencement of licences

14 Duration of licences

15 Form of licence

16 Display of licences

17 Change of use of motor vehicle

18 Change of address

Part 3
Exemptions

19 Exemptions from certain requirements

20 Temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement

21 Limitations of exemptions granted under regulation 20

22 Effect of temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement

23 Revocation of temporary exemption

Part 4
Registration plates

Trade plates

24 Application for trade plates

25 Issue of trade plates

26 Use of trade plates

27 Duration of trade plates

Supplementary plates

28 Application for supplementary plates

29 Issue of supplementary plates

30 Use of supplementary plates

Issue of plates

31 Power to decline to issue plates

Form of registration plates

32 Unique identifier to be unique

33 Form of ordinary plates

34 Form of personalised plates

35 Form of supplementary plates

36 Form of trade plates

37 Form of plates for official motor vehicles

38 Decorative marks

Display of registration plates

39 Display of ordinary plates

40 Display of personalised plates

41 Display of supplementary plates

42 Display of trade plates

Transactions involving personalised plates

43 Transfer of personalised plates

44 Issue and receipt of personalised plates

45 Surrender of personalised plates and existing registration plates

Part 5
Change of registered person

46 Notice by person who sells motor vehicle

47 Special kinds of sale

48 Notice by person who acquires motor vehicle

49 Recording change of particulars of registered person

50 Change from joint to sole registered person

51 Correction of register

Part 6
Authorised access to names and addresses on register of motor vehicles

52 Interpretation

53 Application under section 241(3)(a) and (4) of Act

54 Applicants who are individuals

55 Applicants wanting authorisation for business

56 Applicants that are representative bodies

57 Questions

58 Notification under section 241(7)(b) of Act

Part 7
Miscellaneous

59 Registrar’s power to require information

60 Replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates

61 Surrender of unauthorised licence

62 Reflectorised registration plates

Part 8
Fees

Amounts payable

63 Registration and licensing fees

64 Fees for registration plates

65 Fees for replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates

65A Registrar may waive, refund, or rebate administration fee

66 Fees for information from register

67 Fee for change of registered person

68 Application processing fee under section 241(3)(b) of Act

69 Goods and services tax

Apportionment and abatement

70 Apportionment of liability for licence fees and accident insurance levies

71 Abatement of licence fees and accident insurance levies

72 Recovery of unpaid fees, levies, and penalties for late payment

73 Prescribed recipient

Part 9
Offences and penalties

Information offences

74 Use of personal information

75 Impersonating another person

76 Provision of false or misleading information

Registration and licensing offences

77 Operation of unregistered or unlicensed motor vehicle

78 Keeping motor vehicle continuously licensed and paying fees

79 Wrongful application for registration

80 Application for licence where registration cancelled

81 Incorrect licence fee and accident insurance levy paid

82 Failure to notify sale or acquisition

83 Failure to notify under regulation 6(1) or 18

Other offences

84 Misuse of trade plate

85 Registration plates or licence not displayed as required

86 Display of object or design intended to deceive

87 Obscured or indistinguishable registration plate or licence

88 Driving vehicle with temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement

89 Interference with prohibition notice

90 Failure to surrender registration plates and licences

Evidence

91 Evidence of registration and licensing

Penalties

92 Fines

93 Infringement offences

94 Infringement fees

95 Form of infringement notice

96 Demerit points for infringement offences against certain provisions

Part 10
Revocations, consequential amendment, and expiry

97 Revocations

98 Consequential amendment

99 Expiry of regulation 19(1)(c) and Part 3 of Schedule 2

Schedule 1
Form of licence

Schedule 2
Exemptions

Schedule 3
Form of trade plate

Schedule 4
Form of plates for official motor vehicles

Schedule 5
Fees

Schedule 6
Penalties

Schedule 7
Demerit points for certain infringement offences

Schedule 8
Consequential amendment


Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on 1 May 2011.

    Regulations: confirmed, on 18 October 2011, by section 9 of the Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Act 2011 (2011 No 96).

3 Interpretation
  • In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    all-terrain vehicle has the meaning given in Part 2 of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002

    continuous licensing requirement means the requirement under section 242(2)(a) of the Act and, in relation to a particular motor vehicle, means the requirement as it relates to that motor vehicle

    current licence, in relation to a motor vehicle, means a licence that is issued for the motor vehicle under Part 17 of the Act and is in force

    exclusive right to personalised plates means the exclusive right to 1 or more letters or numbers, or a combination of both, allocated under section 259 of the Act for use on personalised plates

    licence fee means the fee specified in Part 2 of Schedule 5

    logging trailer means a heavy trailer within the meaning of the Land Transport Rule: Heavy Vehicles 2004 that is used only to transport tree stems and timber logs

    logging truck means a heavy motor vehicle within the meaning of the Land Transport Rule: Heavy Vehicles 2004 that is used only to transport tree stems and timber logs

    mobile machinery

    • (a) means a motor vehicle designed and used primarily for earthmoving or construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, ditches, or buildings; and

    • (b) includes an off-road dump truck; but

    • (c) excludes any motor vehicle designed primarily for carrying passengers or goods or any motor vehicle designed for carrying passengers or goods to which machinery has been added

    unique identifier means—

    • (a) a combination of letters or numbers, or of both; or

    • (b) a letter, number, symbol, or distinguishing mark

    veteran motor vehicle means a motor vehicle that was manufactured before 1 January 1919

    vintage motor vehicle means a motor vehicle that—

    • (a) was manufactured on or after 1 January 1919; and

    • (b) is at least 40 years old on the date that it is registered, reregistered, or licensed.

    Regulation 3 logging trailer: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 4(3) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

    Regulation 3 logging truck: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 4(3) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

    Regulation 3 mobile machinery: replaced, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 4(1) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

    Regulation 3 vintage motor vehicle paragraph (b): amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 4(2) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 1
Registration

4 Application for registration of motor vehicle
  • (1) An application for registration of a motor vehicle must—

    • (a) be in a form acceptable to the Registrar; and

    • (b) provide the full name of the person to be the registered person; and

    • (c) provide the full address of that person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand; and

    • (d) provide the full postal address within New Zealand of that person (if different from the address given under paragraph (c)); and

    • (e) provide the date of birth of that person (if that person is a natural person); and

    • (f) be accompanied by such information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or that person (including evidence of identity such as a driver licence or passport) as may be required by the Registrar.

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1)(f), different requirements may be imposed for different cases or for different classes of motor vehicles.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 7(1)

5 Entry on register and issue of certificates
  • (1) Before issuing a certificate of registration for a motor vehicle under section 257(1)(c) of the Act, the Registrar must—

    • (a) be satisfied that the motor vehicle to be registered—

      • (i) belongs to a particular class; and

      • (ii) complies with the standards applicable to that class; and

    • (b) record the motor vehicle's particulars on the register of motor vehicles.

    (2) The Registrar must not issue a certificate of registration for a motor vehicle if the Police have advised the Registrar that the motor vehicle has been reported as having been stolen.

    (3) Certificates of registration are to be in such form as the Registrar may determine.

6 Cancellation of registration on destruction or permanent removal of motor vehicle
  • (1) A registered person must, in a form acceptable to the Registrar, notify the Registrar if the motor vehicle in respect of which the person is registered—

    • (a) is destroyed; or

    • (b) is written off; or

    • (c) becomes permanently useless as a motor vehicle; or

    • (d) is removed permanently beyond New Zealand.

    (2) Before a registrar may dispose of a motor vehicle, the registrar must apply to have the registration of the motor vehicle cancelled if—

    • (a) the motor vehicle is to be sold under the Summary Proceedings Act 1957 and the registrar considers that it is not roadworthy and that it would be uneconomic to render it roadworthy; or

    • (b) the motor vehicle is subject to a confiscation order under the Sentencing Act 2002 and the registrar has reasonable grounds to believe that it is unsaleable; or

    • (c) the motor vehicle is subject to a confiscation and destruction order under the Sentencing Act 2002.

    (3) If subclause (1) or (2) applies, the registered person or registrar (as the case may be) must, when notifying the Registrar, deliver one of the following to the Registrar:

    • (a) the registration plates and the current licence for the motor vehicle; or

    • (b) an explanation and, if required by the Registrar, a statutory declaration stating why the registration plates or licence are not available.

    (4) On receipt of the notification and either the registration plates and current licence or the explanation or statutory declaration (as the case may be), the Registrar must, if satisfied that the notification is in order, cancel the motor vehicle's registration under section 255 of the Act.

    (5) For the purposes of—

    • (a) subclause (1), an insurer is to be treated as the registered person if the motor vehicle is written off by the insurer:

    • (b) subclause (2), a registrar is to be treated as the registered person.

    (6) For the purposes of this regulation,—

    registrar means a Registrar or Deputy Registrar of a District Court or a Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the High Court

    written off, in relation to a motor vehicle, means a motor vehicle that—

    • (a) is damaged; and

    • (b) is insured; and

    • (c) the insurer has decided not to repair and its safe tolerance (as defined in Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Repair 1998) has been compromised.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 27

    Regulation 6(6) written off paragraph (c): amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 5 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

7 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 12 months
  • (1) This regulation applies to motor vehicles that are subject to the continuous licensing requirement (not being motor vehicles listed in Part 1 of Schedule 2).

    (2) In addition to the circumstances described in regulation 6, the Registrar may cancel a motor vehicle's registration under section 255 of the Act if at least 12 months have elapsed since the date of expiry of the latest licence issued (or the temporary exemption from the continuous licensing requirement granted) for the motor vehicle and no new licence has been issued (or no temporary exemption has been granted) for the motor vehicle since that date.

8 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 24 months
  • (1) This regulation applies to motor vehicles listed in Part 1 of Schedule 2 (motor vehicles exempt from continuous licensing requirement).

    (2) In addition to the circumstances described in regulations 6 and 7, the Registrar may cancel a motor vehicle's registration under section 255 of the Act if at least 24 months have elapsed since the date of expiry of the latest licence issued (or the stay granted under subclause (3)) for the motor vehicle and no new licence has been issued (or further stay granted) for the motor vehicle since that date.

    (3) A registered person, or a person acting on the registered person’s behalf, may, prior to the date of cancellation, apply for a stay of cancellation of registration of the motor vehicle in respect of which the person is registered.

    (4) Regulations 20(1) to (9), 21, 22, and 23 apply to stays of cancellation as if the stays were temporary exemptions from continuous licensing.

9 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle not registered or licensed in accordance with Act or regulations made under Act
  • The Registrar may cancel a motor vehicle’s registration under section 255 of the Act if the Registrar is satisfied that the motor vehicle has not been registered or licensed in accordance with the Act or regulations made under the Act.

10 Surrender of plates on cancellation of registration
  • (1) If a motor vehicle's registration is cancelled under regulation 7, 8, or 9, the person in possession of the registration plates must, when required by the Registrar, surrender the plates to the Registrar or to an enforcement officer.

    (2) In the case of a registration plate in the form of an adhesive label, a sufficient portion of the plate must be surrendered to satisfy the Registrar that it is (or is part of) the relevant plate.

Part 2
Licensing

11 Application for licence
  • (1) An application for a licence for a motor vehicle must—

    • (a) be in a form acceptable to the Registrar; and

    • (b) provide the full name of the registered person; and

    • (c) provide the full address of the registered person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand; and

    • (d) provide the full postal address within New Zealand of the registered person (if different from the address given under paragraph (c)); and

    • (e) be accompanied by any other information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or that person that may be required by the Registrar (including, but not limited to, evidence of identity such as a driver licence or passport).

    (2) In the case of a motor vehicle that is not registered, references in subclause (1) to the registered person are to be read as references to the person who is to be registered in respect of the motor vehicle.

    (3) For the purposes of subclause (1)(e), different requirements may be imposed for different cases or for different classes of motor vehicles.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 10(1)

12 Issue of licences on payment of accident insurance levy
  • The Registrar may not issue a licence for a motor vehicle if the accident insurance levy in respect of the period for which the licence is to be in force has not been paid.

13 Commencement of licences
  • For the purposes of section 245 of the Act,—

    • (a) if a licence is to be issued for a motor vehicle that is exempt from the continuous licensing requirement by virtue of regulation 19, the licence commences on the day of issue of the licence:

    • (b) if a licence is to be issued for a motor vehicle that is temporarily exempt from the continuous licensing requirement by virtue of regulation 20, the licence commences on—

      • (i) the expiry of the exemption; or

      • (ii) in the case of a revocation under regulation 23, the day that the revocation takes effect.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 11

14 Duration of licences
  • The licence for a motor vehicle is to be issued and have effect (unless it is cancelled) for any period up to 12 months as the applicant may request.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 11

15 Form of licence
  • The licence for a motor vehicle is to be in the form of diagram 1 in Schedule 1, subject to the notes in that schedule.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 8

16 Display of licences
  • (1) The licence for a motor vehicle must be displayed as set out in this regulation.

    (2) In the case of a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, the licence must be affixed to the motorcycle, moped, or trailer immediately below or as close as practicable to the registration plate.

    (3) In the case of a motor vehicle that is not a motorcycle, moped, or trailer,—

    • (a) if the motor vehicle is fitted with a windscreen, the licence must be displayed on the inside of the windscreen, as close as practicable to the bottom right-hand corner of the windscreen (when viewed from the outside and front of the motor vehicle):

    • (b) if the motor vehicle is not fitted with a windscreen, the licence must be affixed to the back of the motor vehicle, as close as practicable to the registration plate.

    (4) In every case, the licence must be displayed in an upright, easily visible position.

    (5) The licence for a motor vehicle may be displayed, in the manner described in this regulation, at any time within the month before the date on which the licence comes into force.

    (6) If a licence is displayed in accordance with subclause (5), and a current licence is in force for the motor vehicle, the display of the new licence is sufficient evidence that the motor vehicle is licensed.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 10

17 Change of use of motor vehicle
  • (1) This regulation applies if—

    • (a) a motor vehicle is or will be used for a purpose different from that indicated by the existing licence; and

    • (b) the registered person, or a person acting on the registered person's behalf, applies in a form acceptable to the Registrar for an appropriate new licence.

    (2) Before issuing the new licence, the Registrar may require—

    • (a) surrender or proof of destruction of the existing licence; and

    • (b) provision of the information, documents, and evidence that may be required under regulation 11.

    (3) If the motor vehicle had previously been exempt from the requirement to pay registration fees by regulations made under section 35A(1)(a) of the Transport (Vehicle and Driver Registration and Licensing) Act 1986, but the exemption does not apply with respect to the purpose for which the motor vehicle is or will be used, the registered person must pay the prescribed registration fee.

    (4) If the prescribed fee or accident insurance levy paid for the existing licence is higher than the fee or levy payable for the new licence, the Registrar must refund the amount of that difference, pro-rated for the unused portion of the existing licence.

    (5) If the prescribed fee or accident insurance levy paid for the existing licence is lower than the fee or levy payable for the new licence, the registered person, or a person acting on the registered person's behalf, must pay the amount of that difference, pro-rated for the unused portion of the existing licence.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 16

18 Change of address
  • If the address of a registered person changes, the person must, without delay, notify the Registrar of the new address.

Part 3
Exemptions

19 Exemptions from certain requirements
  • (1) Motor vehicles described in—

    • (a) Part 1 of Schedule 2 are exempt from the continuous licensing requirement:

    • (b) Part 2 of Schedule 2 are exempt from the requirement to pay registration fees and licensing fees.

    • (c) [Expired]

    (2) Motor vehicles used on a private road are exempt from the requirement to be registered and licensed.

    (3) For the purposes of subclause (2), private road means a road, place, or arcade laid out or formed on private land by the owner of that land.

    Compare: SR 1994/244 r 3B

    Regulation 19(1)(c): expired, on 2 August 2011, by regulation 99.

20 Temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement
  • (1) Subclause (2) applies in respect of a registered motor vehicle if the registered person, or a person acting on the registered person's behalf,—

    • (a) expects that for a continuous period of at least 3 months the motor vehicle will not be operated; or

    • (b) finds that for a continuous period of up to 60 days the motor vehicle was not operated and expects that the motor vehicle will not be operated for at least a further 30 days.

    (2) The registered person, or a person acting on the registered person's behalf, may apply to the Registrar for an exemption from the continuous licensing requirement.

    (3) The application must be in a form acceptable to the Registrar, and contain the information and declarations that are specified by the Registrar.

    (3A) The application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

    (4) On receipt of a properly completed application, accompanied by any unpaid licence fees and accident insurance levies (or where the Registrar is satisfied that satisfactory arrangements have been made for the payment of those unpaid fees and levies), the Registrar must, subject to subclauses (7) and (9), grant an exemption for a period that the Registrar thinks fit.

    (4A) The Registrar may decline to grant an exemption if there are unpaid licence fees or levies or the Registrar is not satisfied that satisfactory arrangements have been made for the payment of those unpaid fees or levies.

    (5) The Registrar may require the registered person, or the person acting on the registered person’s behalf, to surrender the registration plate or plates of the motor vehicle for the duration of the exemption.

    (6) If the registration plate or plates are surrendered, the Registrar must, on expiry of the exemption, return the surrendered plate or plates or, where that is not reasonably practicable, a duplicate plate or plates.

    (7) The Registrar may decline an application made under subclause (2) if the Registrar has previously revoked an exemption granted to the applicant.

    (8) The Registrar may, subject to subclause (9), renew the exemption, on 1 or more occasions, for a further period that the Registrar thinks fit.

    (9) The period of an exemption or a renewal of an exemption must be no less than 3 months and no more than 12 months.

    (10) An exemption or a renewal of an exemption may include a period occurring before the date on which the exemption or renewal of an exemption is granted.

    (11) However, if the application for an exemption is lodged with the Registrar more than 60 days after the date of expiry of the latest licence or exemption issued for the motor vehicle, the registered person is liable to pay an amount equal to the sum of—

    • (a) the licence application administration fee specified in Part 4 of Schedule 5; and

    • (b) the part of the other fees payable for licensing the motor vehicle that relates to the period commencing on the day after the date of expiry of that licence or exemption and ending with the day immediately preceding the date on which the application is lodged.

    Compare: SR 1994/244 r 3C

    Regulation 20(3A): inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 6(1) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (2012/227).

    Regulation 20(4): amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 6(2) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (2012/227).

    Regulation 20(4A): inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 6(3) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (2012/227).

21 Limitations of exemptions granted under regulation 20
  • An exemption under regulation 20 in respect of a motor vehicle has no effect while the motor vehicle is being operated.

    Compare: SR 1994/244 r 3D

22 Effect of temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement
  • (1) While a motor vehicle is temporarily exempt from the continuous licensing requirement, the motor vehicle is also exempt from any fees and accident insurance levies that would otherwise be payable for licensing the motor vehicle in respect of the period of the exemption.

    (2) Subclause (1) is subject to regulation 20(11).

    Compare: SR 1994/244 r 3E

23 Revocation of temporary exemption
  • (1) The Registrar may, by notice in writing to the registered person, revoke an exemption granted under regulation 20 if—

    • (a) the relevant motor vehicle is operated at any time while the exemption has effect (except in the circumstances described in clause 9 or 10 of Part 1 of Schedule 2); or

    • (b) the registered person requests in writing that the exemption be revoked.

    (2) Revocation takes effect on the date specified in the notice, and that date may not be earlier than—

    • (a) the date the motor vehicle was first operated while the exemption had effect, in the case of a revocation under subclause (1)(a):

    • (b) the date the registered person made the request, in the case of a revocation under subclause (1)(b).

    Compare: SR 1994/244 r 3F

Part 4
Registration plates

Trade plates

24 Application for trade plates
  • (1) An application for a trade plate must—

    • (a) be in a form acceptable to the Registrar; and

    • (b) provide the full name of the person to whom the plate is to be issued; and

    • (c) provide the full address of that person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand; and

    • (d) provide the full postal address within New Zealand of that person (if different from the address given under paragraph (c)); and

    • (e) specify the purpose for which the plate is to be used; and

    • (f) be accompanied by any other information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or that person that may be required by the Registrar (including, but not limited to, evidence of identity such as a driver licence or passport).

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1)(f), different requirements may be imposed for different cases or for different classes of motor vehicles.

25 Issue of trade plates
  • As soon as practicable after receiving an application made under section 262 of the Act, together with the prescribed fee and accident insurance levy, the Registrar may issue a trade plate to the applicant if the Registrar is satisfied that—

    • (a) the applicant is eligible to apply for and receive trade plates; and

    • (b) the application is in order.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 34

26 Use of trade plates
  • (1) If the conditions in subclause (2) are met, a person to whom a trade plate is issued under regulation 25 may operate a motor vehicle even though the motor vehicle—

    • (a) is not registered or licensed under Part 17 of the Act:

    • (b) does not have affixed to it registration plates or a current licence.

    (2) The conditions are as follows:

    • (a) the motor vehicle may be operated only for a purpose for which the person is eligible to apply for and receive trade plates; and

    • (b) at all times while the motor vehicle is being operated,—

      • (i) the trade plate must be displayed in the manner described in regulation 42; and

      • (ii) the person must comply with any other conditions on the use of trade plates imposed by the Registrar.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 35

27 Duration of trade plates
  • (1) A trade plate comes into force on the later of—

    • (a) the first day of January of the year for which it is issued; or

    • (b) the day the trade plate was issued.

    (2) A trade plate expires on 31 December of the year for which it is issued.

Supplementary plates

28 Application for supplementary plates
  • (1) An application for a supplementary plate for a motor vehicle must—

    • (a) be in a form acceptable to the Registrar; and

    • (b) provide the full name of the registered person; and

    • (c) provide the full address of the registered person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand; and

    • (d) provide the full postal address within New Zealand of the registered person (if different from the address given under paragraph (c)); and

    • (e) provide the unique identifier of the ordinary plate or personalised plate that the supplementary plate is to match; and

    • (f) be accompanied by any other information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or that person that may be required by the Registrar (including, but not limited to, evidence of identity such as a driver licence or passport).

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1)(f), different requirements may be imposed for different cases or for different classes of motor vehicles.

    (3) An application for a supplementary plate must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

29 Issue of supplementary plates
  • The Registrar may issue a supplementary plate for a motor vehicle if satisfied that an ordinary plate or personalised plate on the motor vehicle will be obscured by an object being carried temporarily on the motor vehicle.

30 Use of supplementary plates
  • A person may operate a motor vehicle displaying a supplementary plate only if, at all times while the motor vehicle is being operated,—

    • (a) the supplementary plate is displayed on the motor vehicle in the manner described in regulation 41; and

    • (b) the person complies with any other conditions about the use of supplementary plates imposed by the Registrar in the particular case.

Issue of plates

31 Power to decline to issue plates
  • The Registrar may decline to issue trade plates or supplementary plates if—

    • (a) the Registrar has previously required the applicant to surrender any registration plate; or

    • (b) the Registrar has reason to believe that the applicant may use the plates unlawfully or for a purpose other than a purpose for which the person is eligible to receive the plates; or

    • (c) the applicant has been convicted of any offence mentioned in Part 9.

Form of registration plates

32 Unique identifier to be unique
  • The unique identifier for a registration plate must not be assigned (in the same or a different format) to more than 1 motor vehicle at any given time.

    Example

    A registration plate with the following unique identifier is assigned to a motor vehicle:

    A1ABC

    A registration plate with the following unique identifier cannot, therefore, be assigned to another motor vehicle:

    A1
    ABC
33 Form of ordinary plates
  • (1) The unique identifier for an ordinary plate must be a combination of letters or numbers, or of both, and the combination must not exceed,—

    • (a) in the case of plates for motorcycles, mopeds, and trailers, 5 letters, numbers, or letters and numbers, in total:

    • (b) in any other case, 6 letters, numbers, or letters and numbers, in total.

    (2) A combination must not be used for an ordinary plate if the combination appears or is to appear on—

    • (a) a personalised plate; or

    • (b) a trade plate.

    (3) If the registration of a motor vehicle has been cancelled and an application is subsequently made under section 243 of the Act to register the motor vehicle and the relevant unique identifier has not yet been reallocated under this Part, then—

    • (a) the ordinary plates issued for the motor vehicle when it was previously registered may be reissued to that motor vehicle:

    • (b) the unique identifier assigned to the motor vehicle when it was previously registered may be reassigned to that motor vehicle.

    (4) The unique identifier on an ordinary plate must be—

    • (a) embossed, and coloured aluminium on a black background; or

    • (b) embossed, and coloured black against a reflective background consisting of white retro-reflective sheeting; or

    • (c) in any other form and colour that may be determined by the Registrar.

    (5) The base material of an ordinary plate must be aluminium or any other material that may be determined by the Registrar.

    (6) Despite subclause (5), an ordinary plate to be fixed to the front of a motor vehicle may be in the form of an adhesive label.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 2

34 Form of personalised plates
  • (1) The unique identifier for a personalised plate is the combination of letters or numbers, or of both, or the single letter or number, allocated for use on that plate.

    (2) The Registrar must not allocate a combination comprising,—

    • (a) in the case of a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, more than 5 letters, numbers, or letters and numbers, in total:

    • (b) in any other case, more than 6 letters, numbers, or letters and numbers, in total.

    (3) The Registrar must not allocate a combination, or a single letter or number, if—

    • (a) it may be required for allocation to a person, government, or organisation in accordance with regulation 37; or

    • (b) it has already been allocated to or is held on behalf of another person; or

    • (c) the Registrar considers it is likely to cause offence or confusion; or

    • (d) it is to be used on a trade plate.

    (4) The unique identifier on a personalised plate must be—

    • (a) coloured black or red or blue against a reflective background consisting of white retro-reflective sheeting; or

    • (b) in any other form and colour that may be determined by the Registrar.

    (5) The base material of a personalised plate must be aluminium or any other material that may be determined by the Registrar.

    (6) Despite subclause (5), a personalised plate to be fixed to the front of a motor vehicle may be in the form of an adhesive label.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 3

35 Form of supplementary plates
  • (1) A supplementary plate must bear the same unique identifier as the plate of which it is a match.

    (2) A supplementary plate must bear an additional letter, number, word, or symbol or have some other distinguishing feature to identify it as a supplementary plate and distinguish it from the plate of which it is a match.

    (3) The unique identifier on a supplementary plate must be—

    • (a) coloured black against a reflective background consisting of white retro-reflective sheeting; or

    • (b) in any other form and colour that may be determined by the Registrar.

    (4) The base material of a supplementary plate must be aluminium or any other material that may be determined by the Registrar.

36 Form of trade plates
  • (1) A trade plate must be made with a yellow retro-reflective background, bearing, embossed in black,—

    • (a) the letter X preceded or followed by no more than 5 numbers; and

    • (b) the last 2 digits of the calendar year for which it is issued, arranged vertically to the right of the letter and numbers.

    (2) A trade plate is to be in the form of diagram 2 in Schedule 3, subject to any notes in that schedule.

    (3) The base material of a trade plate must be aluminium or any other material that may be determined by the Registrar.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 7A

37 Form of plates for official motor vehicles
  • (1) Subclause (2) applies, in place of regulation 33(1), to—

    • (a) a motor vehicle that is the property of or regularly used by the Governor-General:

    • (b) a motor vehicle that is operated or regularly used by any other person, or by any government or organisation, described in the first column of the table in Schedule 4.

    (2) The registration plates for any such motor vehicle are to be distinguished solely by the symbol or, as the case may be, the letters and numbers specified (for the person, government or organisation in question) in the second column of that table.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 5

38 Decorative marks
  • (1) In addition to a unique identifier, a registration plate may also display subsidiary characters, messages, symbols, or slogans if the characters, messages, symbols, or slogans—

    • (a) are approved by the Registrar; and

    • (b) do not obscure the unique identifier assigned for the plate.

    (2) Subsidiary characters, messages, symbols, or slogans approved under subclause (1) may be of any colour.

Display of registration plates

39 Display of ordinary plates
  • (1) Ordinary plates must be displayed as set out in this regulation.

    (2) In the case of a motorcycle, moped, tractor, or trailer, 1 plate must be securely affixed in an upright position on the rear of the motorcycle, moped, tractor, or trailer and displayed so that the unique identifier on the plate is easily visible at all times from the rear of the motorcycle, moped, tractor, or trailer.

    (3) In the case of any other kind of motor vehicle, 1 plate must be displayed on the front of the motor vehicle and 1 plate must be displayed on the rear of the motor vehicle, and both plates must be securely affixed in an upright position and displayed so that the unique identifier on the plate is easily visible at all times,—

    • (a) in the case of the front plate, from the front of the motor vehicle:

    • (b) in the case of the rear plate, from the rear of the motor vehicle.

    (4) Despite anything in subclause (2), the Registrar may impose any other requirements in respect of the position and manner of display of registration plates.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 6

40 Display of personalised plates
  • Personalised plates must be displayed in the same manner as ordinary plates.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 6

41 Display of supplementary plates
  • (1) A supplementary plate, when used on a motor vehicle, must be securely affixed to the motor vehicle, or to the object that is obscuring the ordinary plate or personalised plate displayed on the motor vehicle, in an upright position and displayed so that the unique identifier is easily visible at all times,—

    • (a) in the case of a front plate, from the front of the motor vehicle:

    • (b) in the case of a rear plate, from the rear of the motor vehicle.

    (2) A supplementary plate must not be affixed to any motor vehicle other than the motor vehicle bearing the ordinary or personalised plate of which it is a match.

42 Display of trade plates
  • Trade plates, when used on a motor vehicle, must be securely affixed on the rear and, at the discretion of the Registrar, on the front of the motor vehicle in an upright position and displayed so that the unique identifier is easily visible at all times from the rear of the motor vehicle and (in the case of a front-mounted plate) from the front of the motor vehicle.

    Compare: SR 1995/136 cl 11

Transactions involving personalised plates

43 Transfer of personalised plates
  • (1) This regulation applies if—

    • (a) a person has purchased or otherwise acquired personalised plates for a motor vehicle, or an exclusive right to personalised plates for a motor vehicle; and

    • (b) the person (the transferor) wishes to—

      • (i) sell or dispose of the plates, or the exclusive right, to another person (the transferee); or

      • (ii) transfer the plates to another motor vehicle owned by the transferor.

    (2) Even if the transferor has not yet received the plates, the transferor may sell or otherwise dispose of the exclusive rights to them to another person in accordance with section 260(2)(a) of the Act.

    (3) Upon the sale or disposal under subclause (1)(b)(i) but before the plates are passed from the transferor to the transferee, both the transferor and the transferee must, in a form acceptable to the Registrar, notify the Registrar of the details of the sale or disposal.

    (4) Before the transfer under subclause (1)(b)(ii) takes place, the transferor must, in a form provided by the Registrar, notify the Registrar of the details of the transfer.

    (5) The details must, if applicable, include details of the registration plates that will be displayed on each motor vehicle or motor vehicles to which the plates are to be affixed.

    (6) If the plates have already been issued, they must, at the discretion of the Registrar, be produced to the Registrar for inspection.

    (7) If the plates are currently used on a motor vehicle, the transferor must apply for the issue of ordinary plates or other personalised plates for that motor vehicle.

    (8) If, following the disposal or transfer, the plates are to be affixed to a motor vehicle, any existing registration plates for that motor vehicle must be surrendered to the Registrar.

    (9) The forms required by this section, together with any plates required to be produced or surrendered, must be submitted to the Registrar at the same time.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 9B

44 Issue and receipt of personalised plates
  • (1) A person who acquires an exclusive right to personalised plates is not entitled to receive the plates until—

    • (a) they are to be affixed to a motor vehicle that—

      • (i) is registered and licensed under Part 17 of the Act; or

      • (ii) the person has applied to register under that Part; and

    • (b) the person has paid the prescribed fee for the plates.

    (2) A person who has acquired personalised plates is not entitled to affix them to a motor vehicle unless—

    • (a) the motor vehicle is registered and licensed under Part 17 of the Act; or

    • (b) the person has applied to register the motor vehicle under Part 17 of the Act.

    (3) On receipt of the prescribed fee and issue of the personalised plates referred to in subclause (1), the Registrar must—

    • (a) issue a new certificate of registration that specifies the particulars of the personalised plates; and

    • (b) forward the new certificate to the registered person.

    (4) Personalised plates must not be manufactured until required for affixing to the motor vehicle to which they are to be affixed.

    (5) A person to whom personalised plates for a motor vehicle are issued must surrender to the Registrar any existing registration plates for that motor vehicle.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 9C

45 Surrender of personalised plates and existing registration plates
  • (1) A person may at any time surrender the personalised plates issued for a motor vehicle in respect of which the person is registered and, on payment of the fee prescribed for the issue of ordinary plates, the person is entitled to receive ordinary plates for the motor vehicle.

    (2) On receipt of the prescribed fee and issue of the ordinary plates referred to in subclause (1), the Registrar must—

    • (a) issue a new certificate of registration that specifies the particulars of the ordinary plates; and

    • (b) forward the new certificate to the registered person.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 9D

Part 5
Change of registered person

46 Notice by person who sells motor vehicle
  • (1) The particulars required to be notified to the Registrar for the purposes of section 247(1)(a) of the Act are—

    • (a) the date of the sale of the motor vehicle; and

    • (b) the full name of the person selling the motor vehicle and, at the Registrar's discretion, the full address of that person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand and, if different, the full postal address of that person (in each case, as provided by that person); and

    • (c) the full name of the person to be registered in respect of the motor vehicle and the full address of that person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand and, if different, the full postal address of that person (in each case, as provided by that person); and

    • (d) any other information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or those persons that may be required by the Registrar (including, but not limited to, evidence of identity such as a driver licence or passport).

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1)(d), different requirements may be imposed for different cases or for different classes of motor vehicles.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 20

47 Special kinds of sale
  • (1) If a motor vehicle is subject to a hire purchase agreement and the motor vehicle is repossessed pursuant to the terms of that agreement, notice must be given by the person who is the vendor for the purposes of the agreement.

    (2) If a lien or charge is enforced in respect of a motor vehicle, notice must be given by the holder of the lien or charge, as the case may be.

    (3) If a distress warrant or sale order is executed in respect of a motor vehicle, notice must be given by the bailiff or enforcing officer, as the case may be.

    (4) If a change of ownership of a motor vehicle occurs by operation of law, notice must be given by the person acquiring ownership.

    (5) If a motor vehicle is sold or disposed of under section 356 or 356A of the Local Government Act 1974, notice must be given by the local authority or the New Zealand Transport Agency, as the case may be.

    (6) If a case falls within any of subclauses (2) to (5), the Registrar may require the notice to be accompanied by a statutory declaration by the person giving the notice that sets out, in a form provided or approved by the Registrar, the circumstances of the change of ownership.

    (7) For the purposes of—

    • (a) subclauses (2), (3), and (5), notice means the notification required by section 247(1)(a) of the Act:

    • (b) subclauses (1) and (4), notice means the notification required by section 247(1)(b) of the Act.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 21

48 Notice by person who acquires motor vehicle
  • (1) The particulars required to be notified to the Registrar for the purposes of section 247(1)(b) or (2) of the Act are—

    • (a) the date of purchase of the motor vehicle (at the Registrar's discretion); and

    • (b) the full name of the person to be registered in respect of the motor vehicle; and

    • (c) the full address of that person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand; and

    • (d) the full postal address within New Zealand of that person (if different from the address given under paragraph (c)); and

    • (e) the date of birth of that person (if that person is a natural person); and

    • (f) evidence of the identity of the person to be registered in respect of the motor vehicle (such as a driver licence or a passport) that shows, to the satisfaction of the Registrar, that the person is eligible under section 243(2) of the Act to be the registered person; and

    • (g) any other information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or that person that may be required by the Registrar.

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1)(g), different requirements may be imposed for different cases or for different classes of motor vehicles.

    (3) The notification required by section 247(1)(b) or (2) of the Act must be accompanied by—

    • (a) the prescribed fee; and

    • (b) the certificate of registration of the motor vehicle, if production of it is required by the Registrar.

49 Recording change of particulars of registered person
  • (1) On payment of the prescribed fee and receipt of the documents and evidence referred to in regulation 48, the Registrar must—

    • (a) record on the register of motor vehicles the full name and full address of the person who is to be registered in respect of the motor vehicle; and

    • (b) if so requested by the person acquiring the motor vehicle, immediately issue an acknowledgment of the change of registered person; and

    • (c) issue a new certificate of registration that specifies the particulars of the new registered person, and forward the new certificate to the new registered person.

    (2) However, the Registrar is not required to take any step specified in subclause (1)(c) if the motor vehicle has been reported to the Police as having been stolen.

    Compare: SR 1995/198 r 4

50 Change from joint to sole registered person
  • (1) This regulation applies—

    • (a) if, under section 243(5)(b) of the Act, more than 1 person is registered in respect of a motor vehicle; and

    • (b) if—

      • (i) those persons agree that one of them should be the sole registered person; or

      • (ii) one of those persons dies.

    (2) If this regulation applies, then—

    • (a) the person who is to be the sole registered person must—

      • (i) notify the Registrar; and

    • (b) the survivor or one of the survivors (as the case may be) must—

      • (i) notify the Registrar; and

      • (ii) provide the Registrar with evidence acceptable to the Registrar of the deceased person's death; and

    (3) On payment of the prescribed fee and receipt of the particulars referred to in subclause (2), the Registrar must issue a new certificate of registration that sets out the particulars of the new registered person, and forward the new certificate to the new registered person.

51 Correction of register
  • The Registrar, on application by any party to the sale of a registered motor vehicle or on the Registrar's own motion, may correct any entry in the register of motor vehicles if the Registrar is satisfied that it is necessary to do so.

Part 6
Authorised access to names and addresses on register of motor vehicles

52 Interpretation
  • In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    applicant means a person wanting an authorisation

    authorisation means an authorisation under section 241(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998

    disciplinary power means power to penalise a member of a representative body

    questions means the questions in regulation 57

    representative body means a body that represents the collective interests of the members belonging to it.

53 Application under section 241(3)(a) and (4) of Act
  • (1) Subject to regulation 68, an applicant must send the applicant's answers to the questions that are specified in regulation 57 to the Secretary in writing or electronically.

    (2) An applicant may send the Secretary, in writing or electronically, any other information that the applicant considers the Secretary may need to decide whether to approve the application.

    (3) The Secretary may ask an applicant, in writing or electronically, for any other information that the Secretary considers he or she may need to decide whether to approve the application.

54 Applicants who are individuals
  • An applicant who is an individual wanting an authorisation for his or her own purposes must answer the questions on the basis that you and your refer to himself or herself.

55 Applicants wanting authorisation for business
  • An applicant wanting an authorisation for the purposes of the applicant's business must answer the questions on the basis that you and your refer to the business.

56 Applicants that are representative bodies
  • (1) An applicant that is a representative body that has disciplinary power may apply for one of the following:

    • (a) an authorisation in the name of the body, to be used by its members; or

    • (b) authorisations in the names of all its individual members, to be used by the individual members.

    (2) An applicant that is a representative body that has no disciplinary power may apply for authorisations in the names of all its individual members, to be used by the individual members.

    (3) The applicant must answer the questions on the basis that you and your refer to—

    • (a) the representative body; and

    • (b) each member of the representative body.

57 Questions
  • The questions are as follows:

    • (a) what is your full name; and

    • (b) what is your physical address; and

    • (c) what is your postal address; and

    • (d) what is your email or other electronic address; and

    • (e) do you currently use information from the register; and

    • (f) if you do, what do you use it for; and

    • (g) what do you intend to use it for; and

    • (h) what are your reasons for not doing any of the following:

      • (i) collecting the information directly from the individual concerned:

      • (ii) collecting the information from a source other than the register:

      • (iii) seeking confirmation from the Registrar under section 236(1)(b) of the Land Transport Act 1998 that a specified person is registered in respect of a specified motor vehicle:

    • (i) what physical and computer security systems do you have in place to ensure that—

      • (i) information from the register is kept secure; and

      • (ii) information from the register is used only for the purpose or purposes specified in the authorisation; and

    • (j) how do you propose to tell the persons whose information has come from the register about the following:

      • (i) the fact that the register was the source of the information; and

      • (ii) what you use the information for; and

      • (iii) the fact that the persons can notify the Registrar that they do not wish to have their names and addresses made available under an authorisation; and

    • (k) have you ever been found to have breached any of the information privacy principles in the Privacy Act 1993; and

    • (l) have you ever been found, in proceedings of any kind, to have breached any confidentiality obligation; and

    • (m) do you have a credit rating and, if so, what is it; and

    • (n) for how long, up to 5 years, do you want the authorisation to last; and

    • (o) if you employ staff or engage agents,—

      • (i) how many of them are likely to have access to the information from the register; and

      • (ii) what are the roles of those who are likely to have access; and

      • (iii) what training will you give those who are likely to have access on the proper handling of the information from the register; and

      • (iv) what controls do you have in place to ensure that those who are likely to have access handle the information from the register properly; and

      • (v) what disciplinary measures can you take against those who do not handle the information from the register properly; and

    • (p) if you are in business,—

      • (i) what is the nature of the business; and

      • (ii) what locations does the business operate from; and

      • (iii) how long has the business existed?

58 Notification under section 241(7)(b) of Act
  • The Registrar may make available 1 or more of the following methods for persons to notify the Registrar that they do not wish to have their names and addresses made available under an authorisation:

    • (a) calling the Registrar’s call centre:

    • (b) writing a letter to the Registrar:

    • (c) sending the Registrar an email or other electronic message:

    • (d) using the Registrar’s Internet site:

    • (e) completing the section provided for the purpose on a form made available by the Registrar.

Part 7
Miscellaneous

59 Registrar’s power to require information
  • (1) The Registrar may require a person making an application or notification in respect of a motor vehicle under Part 17 of the Act or these regulations to provide any of the following:

    • (a) evidence of the origin or previous ownership of the motor vehicle:

    • (b) current evidence of vehicle inspection:

    • (c) a statutory declaration by the person to be registered in respect of the motor vehicle that the person is the owner of the motor vehicle:

    • (d) evidence of address:

    • (e) evidence from a person authorised by the Registrar that the motor vehicle to be registered belongs to a particular class of motor vehicle and complies with the standards applicable to that class:

    • (f) any other information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or those persons that may be required by the Registrar (including, but not limited to, evidence of identity such as a driver licence or passport).

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1)(f), different requirements may be imposed for different cases or for different classes of motor vehicles.

60 Replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates
  • (1) An application by the registered person under section 264(1) of the Act must be in a form acceptable to the Registrar and must provide—

    • (a) the full name of the registered person; and

    • (b) the full address of the registered person's place of residence, or place of business, within New Zealand; and

    • (c) the full postal address within New Zealand of the registered person (if different from the address given under paragraph (b)); and

    • (d) any other information, documents, and evidence related to the motor vehicle or the registered person that may be required by the Registrar (including, but not limited to, evidence of identity such as a driver licence or passport).

    (2) The application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

    (3) Before issuing a replacement licence or certificate of registration or a duplicate or replacement plate under section 264, the Registrar may also require the applicant to—

    • (a) produce a statutory declaration by an appropriate person explaining the circumstances in which the certificate, licence, or plate was lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed:

    • (b) produce evidence that, if a plate has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, the loss, theft, or destruction has been reported to the Police:

    • (c) surrender any damaged certificate, licence, or plate, or the undamaged part of any set of plates.

61 Surrender of unauthorised licence
  • The Registrar may require a person operating a motor vehicle that has affixed to it any licence that is not authorised by or under Part 17 of the Act to be affixed to the motor vehicle to surrender the licence to the Registrar.

62 Reflectorised registration plates
  • (1) If a registered person wishes to replace the motor vehicle’s existing registration plates (being plates specified in regulation 33(4)(a)) with reflectorised registration plates, the person may apply to the Registrar for the issue of reflectorised plates.

    (2) Regulation 60(1) and (2) apply to an application under subclause (1) as they apply to an application under section 264(1) of the Act.

    (3) The Registrar must issue the reflectorised plates to the registered person on surrender of the existing plates.

Part 8
Fees

Amounts payable

63 Registration and licensing fees
  • (1) The fees payable for the registration or cancellation of registration of a motor vehicle are specified in Parts 1 and 1A of Schedule 5.

    (2) The fees payable for the licensing of a motor vehicle are specified in Parts 2, 2A, 3, and 4 of Schedule 5.

    (3) The fees specified in Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Schedule 5 that are payable under this regulation (excluding applicable refunds, and goods and services tax payable under the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985) are land transport revenue for the purposes of section 6 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003.

    Regulation 63: replaced, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 7 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (2012/227).

64 Fees for registration plates
  • (1) The fees payable for the issue of a registration plate are specified in Parts 5 and 5A of Schedule 5.

    (2) That fee is payable as follows:

    • (a) in the case of ordinary plates, the fee must accompany the application for registration of the motor vehicle or other relevant application:

    • (b) in the case of personalised plates, the fee must accompany the request for the issue of the plates:

    • (c) in the case of trade plates or supplementary plates, the fee must accompany the application for the plate.

    Regulation 64(1): replaced, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 8 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

65 Fees for replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates
  • (1) The fee payable for the issue of a replacement certificate or licence or a duplicate registration plate is specified in Part 6 of Schedule 5.

    (2) The fee payable for the issue of a replacement registration plate under regulation 60 is the same as the fee specified in Part 5 of Schedule 5 for the issue of a registration plate.

    (3) The fee payable for the issue of replacement reflectorised plates under regulation 62 is the same as the fee specified in Part 5 of Schedule 5 for the issue of ordinary plates.

    (4) The administration fees payable for the issue of duplicates and replacements are specified in Part 6A of Schedule 5.

    Regulation 65(4): inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 9 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

65A Registrar may waive, refund, or rebate administration fee
  • The Registrar may waive, refund, or rebate any administration fee payable under these regulations by any person or class of persons if the Registrar considers that to do so would be commercially or otherwise advantageous to the Crown.

    Regulation 65A: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 10 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

66 Fees for information from register
  • (1) The fees (if any) payable for any request for information under section 236(1)(a)(ii) of the Act are the reasonable cost of deciding whether to grant the request and, if granted, making the information available, having regard to the cost of labour and materials involved.

    (2) The fees payable for information that is supplied about a specified motor vehicle under section 237(1) of the Act or under an authorisation granted under section 241 of the Act are specified in Part 7 of Schedule 5.

    (3) The Registrar may—

    • (a) waive any fee payable under subclause (1) or (2); or

    • (b) rebate any fee paid under subclause (1) or (2).

67 Fee for change of registered person
  • (1) The fee payable for endorsement on the register of motor vehicles of a change of registered person is specified in Part 8 of Schedule 5.

    (2) The fee is payable by the person—

    • (a) who is to be registered in respect of the motor vehicle; or

    • (b) who is registered and, owing to a change from joint to sole registered person, remains registered in respect of the motor vehicle.

    (3) The Registrar may discount the fee specified in item 2 of Part 8 of Schedule 5 if the person liable to pay the fee, while not being a motor vehicle trader registered under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003, is a person who is otherwise engaged in trading motor vehicles.

    (4) The Registrar may waive the fee if the person liable to pay the fee is the survivor or one of the survivors of a jointly registered person who is giving notice under regulation 50(2)(b).

    Regulation 67(3): replaced, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 11 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

68 Application processing fee under section 241(3)(b) of Act
  • (1) At the same time as an applicant sends the answers to the questions to the Secretary in accordance with Part 6, the applicant must pay the Secretary the application processing fee specified for the applicant in Part 9 of Schedule 5.

    (2) The Secretary may remit or refund the whole or part of a fee paid under this regulation on any of the following grounds:

    • (a) that the application that the fee accompanied has been withdrawn:

    • (b) that the application that the fee accompanied required work and expense of such a degree or amount that payment of the fee, or the full fee, is not justified:

    • (c) that in all the circumstances of the case it would be inappropriate to require the fee, or the full fee, to be paid.

69 Goods and services tax

Apportionment and abatement

70 Apportionment of liability for licence fees and accident insurance levies
  • (1) If a person becomes registered in respect of, or becomes the owner of, a motor vehicle of which the licence has expired,—

    • (a) the person is liable to pay only that part of the annual licence fee, the additional annual licence fee, and the accident insurance levy that the Registrar determines relates to the period commencing on the day after the date on which the person became the owner of the motor vehicle; and

    • (b) any person previously registered in respect of the motor vehicle is liable to pay that part of the annual licence fee, the additional annual licence fee, and the accident insurance levy that the Registrar determines relates to the period during which the person was the owner of the motor vehicle.

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1), the date on which the person became the owner means the date—

    • (b) specified by the Registrar if a notice is not lodged under regulation 48(1).

    Regulation 70(1): amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 12 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

71 Abatement of licence fees and accident insurance levies
  • In the case of a licence to be issued for a period of less than a year, the annual licence fee, the additional annual licence fee, and the accident insurance levy must be reduced by one three-hundred-sixty-fifth for each day by which the period is less than 1 year.

72 Recovery of unpaid fees, levies, and penalties for late payment
  • (1) The Registrar may recover an unpaid fee, an accident insurance levy, a motor vehicle (synthetic greenhouse gas) levy, or a penalty for late payment from the person described in subclause (2) as a debt due to the Crown.

    (2) The person is a person who fails to pay all or part of a fee, an accident insurance levy, a motor vehicle (synthetic greenhouse gas) levy, or a penalty to the Registrar that the person is obliged to pay under this Part.

    Regulation 72: replaced, on 1 January 2013, by section 103 of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 89).

73 Prescribed recipient
  • Unless otherwise specified in these regulations, any fee, accident insurance levy, or motor vehicle (synthetic greenhouse gas) levy payable under this Part is payable to the Registrar.

    Regulation 73: amended, on 1 January 2013, by section 103 of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 89).

Part 9
Offences and penalties

Information offences

74 Use of personal information
  • A person commits an offence if the person uses information to which the person has access by virtue of a notice published under section 241(1) of the Act—

    • (a) for a purpose other than one specified in the notice:

    • (b) in breach of any condition specified in the notice:

    • (c) if the notice authorises access for a specified event, for anything other than that event:

    • (d) if the notice authorises access for a specified period of time, at any time outside that period.

75 Impersonating another person
  • A person commits an offence if the person impersonates another person in order to apply under section 236 of the Act for access to personal information relating to the other person.

76 Provision of false or misleading information
  • For the purposes of any application or notification under Part 17 of the Act or under these regulations, a person commits an offence if the person supplies to the Registrar (or to any person who is to make any such application or notification) any information that the person knows or ought to know is false or misleading in any material particular.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 26

Registration and licensing offences

77 Operation of unregistered or unlicensed motor vehicle
  • (1) A person commits an offence if the person operates a motor vehicle in contravention of section 242(1) of the Act by driving or using it on a road if the motor vehicle—

    • (a) is not registered and licensed in accordance with Part 17 of the Act; or

    • (b) does not have affixed to it and displayed in the manner prescribed by these regulations—

      • (i) the registration plates issued for it; and

      • (ii) a current licence issued for it and appropriate for its use.

    (2) A person commits a stationary vehicle offence if the person operates a motor vehicle in contravention of section 242(1) of the Act by causing or permitting it to be on a road or driven on a road if the motor vehicle—

    • (a) is not registered and licensed in accordance with Part 17 of the Act; or

    • (b) does not have affixed to it and displayed in the manner prescribed by these regulations—

      • (i) the registration plates issued for it; and

      • (ii) a current licence issued for it and appropriate for its use.

    (3) In proceedings for an offence against subclause (1) or (2) that relates to an unregistered and unlicensed motor vehicle, it is a defence if the defendant proves that the motor vehicle—

    • (a) was an official vehicle of visiting military forces; or

    • (b) was being operated on a road that is closed to ordinary vehicular traffic by regulations made under section 77(1)(u) of the Transport Act 1962 or regulations or rules made under the Act; or

    • (c) was a motor vehicle, normally propelled by mechanical power, that was being temporarily towed without the use of its own power; or

    • (d) was a trailer attached to a motor vehicle specified in any of clauses 1 to 5 and 12 of Part 1 of Schedule 2; or

    • (e) was a motor vehicle that is registered in a State that is a party to the Convention on Road Traffic (1949) or the Convention on Road Traffic (1968) and in respect of which the following conditions are met:

      • (i) the motor vehicle remains in the ownership of the person who brought it into New Zealand; and

      • (ii) the person holds a current driving permit recognised as if it were a driver licence issued in New Zealand; and

      • (iii) the motor vehicle remains registered in the relevant State; and

      • (iv) evidence of the registration is carried on the vehicle; and

      • (v) a registration number allocated by the relevant State (or competent authority in the State) is displayed on the back of the motor vehicle along with an appropriate distinguishing sign that indicates the State of registration of the motor vehicle; and

      • (vi) the motor vehicle has been in New Zealand for a period of less than 18 months; or

    • (f) was a trailer designed exclusively for agricultural operations and used on a road only when proceeding to or from a farm or when being inspected, serviced, or repaired.

    (4) In proceedings for an offence against subclause (1) or (2) that relates to an unlicensed motor vehicle, it is a defence if the defendant proves that—

    • (a) the motor vehicle was operated on a road only while being taken directly to a place of repair or inspection for the purpose of repair or obtaining evidence of vehicle inspection; and

    • (b) at the time of the alleged offence,—

      • (i) a licence was issued for the motor vehicle and the licence was appropriate for the motor vehicle’s use; and

      • (ii) the licence was affixed and displayed in the manner described in regulation 16; and

      • (iii) the licence expired no more than 7 days before the day of the alleged offence; and

      • (iv) before the licence expired, an application for a new licence for the motor vehicle for a period including the day of the alleged offence had been forwarded (either by post or by electronic means) to the Registrar along with the prescribed fees and accident insurance levies; and

      • (v) the new licence had not been received from the Registrar by the time of the alleged offence; or

    • (c) the motor vehicle was being operated on a road only for the purpose of crossing the road.

    (5) In proceedings for an offence against subclause (1) or (2) that relates to the affixing and display of registration plates and a current licence, it is a defence if the defendant proves that,—

    • (a) in the case of the obligation to affix and display registration plates, the motor vehicle was not required to be registered; and

    • (b) in the case of the obligation to affix and display a current licence, the motor vehicle was not required to be licensed.

    (6) To avoid doubt, any existing licence issued in respect of a vehicle specified in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Transport (Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1994 before this regulation comes into force is valid until it expires under the law in force immediately before this regulation comes into force.

    (7) For the purposes of subclause (3)(f), agricultural operations

    • (a) means operations concerned directly with the management of a farm; and

    • (b) includes the transport on a road of the produce of a farm, farm implements, stock, or other requisites of any kind whatsoever for a farm where, and only where, they are transported—

      • (i) from one part of a farm to another part of the same farm; or

      • (ii) from one farm to another adjoining farm which is owned or managed by the same person.

    (8) For the purposes of subclause (7), 2 farms are to be treated as adjoining if they are contiguous, or are contiguous except for a separation by a river, stream, drain, canal, or other watercourse, or by a road, motorway, or railway.

    Regulation 77(4)(a): replaced, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 14 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

78 Keeping motor vehicle continuously licensed and paying fees
  • (1) A person commits an offence if the person, in contravention of section 242(2) of the Act, fails to—

    • (a) keep the motor vehicle continuously licensed at all times in accordance with Part 17 of the Act; and

    • (b) ensure that the prescribed fees and accident insurance levies are paid.

    (2) In proceedings for an offence against subclause (1), it is a defence if the defendant proves that an exemption in respect of the motor vehicle under regulation 20 was in force at the time of the alleged offence.

79 Wrongful application for registration
  • A person commits an offence if—

    • (a) the person makes an application for the registration of a motor vehicle that is registered under Part 17 of the Act; and

    • (b) the person knows or could reasonably be expected to know that the registration is in force.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 7(5)

80 Application for licence where registration cancelled
  • A person commits an offence if the person applies for a licence for a motor vehicle whose registration has been cancelled, unless—

    • (a) the motor vehicle has been registered again; and

    • (b) the prescribed registration fee has been paid.

81 Incorrect licence fee and accident insurance levy paid
  • (1) A person commits an offence if the person operates a motor vehicle for which a licence fee and accident insurance levy have been paid that are lower than the licence fee and accident insurance levy payable for motor vehicles of that class or use.

    (2) A person who commits an offence against subclause (1) is liable to pay, in addition to any costs of collecting the fee under regulation 72, the amount of the difference between—

    • (a) the licence fee paid and the licence fee payable; and

    • (b) the accident insurance levy paid and the accident insurance levy payable.

    Regulation 81(2): amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 15 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

82 Failure to notify sale or acquisition
  • (1) A person commits an offence if the person fails to notify the Registrar of particulars in accordance with section 247 of the Act.

    (2) In a prosecution for an offence against subclause (1), it is a defence if the defendant proves that the defendant notified the Registrar of the required particulars within 7 days of the sale or acquisition.

83 Failure to notify under regulation 6(1) or 18
  • A person commits an offence if the person fails to give the Registrar the notification required under regulation 6(1) or 18.

Other offences

84 Misuse of trade plate
  • A person commits an offence if the person uses a trade plate—

    • (a) when the person is not eligible to apply for and receive trade plates; or

    • (b) in breach of any of the conditions set out in or imposed under regulation 26(2).

85 Registration plates or licence not displayed as required
  • (1) A person commits an offence if the person operates a motor vehicle by driving or using it on a road if the motor vehicle—

    • (a) displays any registration plate or licence that is not authorised to be affixed to the motor vehicle under Part 17 of the Act; or

    • (b) displays an object or a design that is reasonably likely to be mistaken for a plate or licence authorised to be affixed to the motor vehicle under Part 17 of the Act.

    (2) A person commits a stationary vehicle offence if the person operates a motor vehicle by causing or permitting it to be on a road if the motor vehicle—

    • (a) displays any registration plate or licence that is not authorised to be affixed to the motor vehicle under Part 17 of the Act; or

    • (b) displays an object or a design that is reasonably likely to be mistaken for a plate or licence authorised to be affixed to the motor vehicle under Part 17 of the Act.

    (3) In proceedings for an offence against subclause (1) or (2) that relates to the display of a registration plate that is not authorised to be affixed to the motor vehicle, it is a defence if the defendant proves that personalised plates—

    • (a) have been issued to the motor vehicle; and

    • (b) have been dispatched to the person acquiring the plates in the 7 days preceding the offence but have not yet been received by that person.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 17(a)

86 Display of object or design intended to deceive
  • A person commits a stationary vehicle offence if the person—

    • (a) operates a motor vehicle on which an object or design is displayed; and

    • (b) intends that the object or design will cause people to believe (mistakenly) that the appropriate registration plates are displayed, or the appropriate licence is displayed, on the motor vehicle in accordance with these regulations.

    Compare: 1986 No 6 s 17(b)

87 Obscured or indistinguishable registration plate or licence
  • (1) A person commits an offence if the person operates a motor vehicle by driving or using it on a road if the motor vehicle has affixed to it any registration plate or licence that is in any way obscured, or is rendered or allowed to become not easily distinguishable, whether by night or by day.

    (2) A person commits a stationary vehicle offence if the person operates a motor vehicle by causing or permitting it to be on a road if the motor vehicle has affixed to it any registration plate or licence that is in any way obscured, or is rendered or allowed to become not easily distinguishable, whether by night or by day.

88 Driving vehicle with temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement
  • (1) A person commits—

    • (a) an offence if the person operates a motor vehicle by driving or using it on a road while an exemption under regulation 20 in respect of the motor vehicle is in force:

    • (b) a stationary vehicle offence if the person causes or permits a motor vehicle to be on a road while an exemption under regulation 20 in respect of the motor vehicle is in force.

    (2) In proceedings for an offence against this regulation, it is a defence if the defendant proves that the motor vehicle was operated on a road only while being taken directly to a place of repair or inspection for the purpose of repair or obtaining evidence of vehicle inspection.

    Regulation 88(2): inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 16 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

89 Interference with prohibition notice
  • A person commits an offence if the person removes, obscures, or renders indistinguishable a notice affixed to a motor vehicle under section 248 of the Act, unless—

    • (a) the person is a storage provider who is about to release the motor vehicle from storage under section 252 of the Act; or

    • (b) the notice has been revoked by—

      • (i) the Police, if it had been issued by an enforcement officer; or

      • (ii) a local authority, if it had been issued by an employee or agent of the local authority.

90 Failure to surrender registration plates and licences
  • (1) A person commits an offence if the person fails to surrender a registration plate or facsimile plate to the Registrar when required to do so under section 257(4) or section 265(1) of the Act.

    (2) A person commits an offence if the person fails to surrender a registration plate or licence to the Registrar when required to do so under regulation 10, 43(8), 44(5), 60(3)(c), or 61.

Evidence

91 Evidence of registration and licensing
  • (1) The fact that a motor vehicle is operated without having registration plates affixed to and displayed on it in accordance with these regulations is, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, sufficient evidence that the motor vehicle is not registered in accordance with Part 17 of the Act.

    (2) The fact that a motor vehicle is operated without having a valid licence affixed to and displayed on it in accordance with these regulations is, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, sufficient evidence that the motor vehicle is not licensed in accordance with Part 17 of the Act.

    (3) For the purposes of this regulation, valid licence means a current licence or a licence issued for the motor vehicle that is to come into force within the next month.

Penalties

92 Fines
  • A person who commits an offence against a provision of these regulations is liable on conviction—

    • (a) in the case of an individual, to a fine not exceeding the amount specified in relation to that offence in the third column of the table in Schedule 6:

    • (b) in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding the amount specified in relation to that offence in the fourth column of that table.

    Regulation 92: amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

93 Infringement offences
  • An offence against a provision of these regulations for which an infringement fee is specified in the table in Schedule 6 is an infringement offence against the Act.

94 Infringement fees
  • The infringement fee for an infringement offence against a provision of these regulations is—

    • (a) in the case of an individual, the infringement fee specified in relation to that offence in the fifth column of the table in Schedule 6:

    • (b) in the case of a body corporate, the infringement fee specified in relation to that offence in the sixth column of that table.

95 Form of infringement notice
  • For the purposes of section 139 of the Act, an infringement notice for an infringement offence against a provision of these regulations and a reminder notice in respect of an infringement notice must be in the form prescribed in Schedule 1 of the Land Transport (Infringement and Reminder Notices) Regulations 1998.

96 Demerit points for infringement offences against certain provisions
  • The demerit points for infringement offences against certain provisions of these regulations are specified in the table in Schedule 7.

Part 10
Revocations, consequential amendment, and expiry

98 Consequential amendment
  • The regulations set out in Schedule 8 are amended in the manner set out in that schedule.

99 Expiry of regulation 19(1)(c) and Part 3 of Schedule 2

Schedule 1
Form of licence

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Diagram 1
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Notes
  • 1 If the motor vehicle is of a class described in the first column of the table below, the large letter G in diagram 1 must be replaced, in the same style, with the letter (representing the licence class) shown for that class of motor vehicle in the second column of the table.

  • 2 The appropriate identifying details must appear in place of those shown in diagram 1 in respect of the—

    • (a) year and month first registered in New Zealand:

    • (b) registration number:

    • (c) year in which the motor vehicle was first registered or, for a motor vehicle registered before 1 January 2007, the year of manufacture, model year, or year first registered:

    • (d) manufacturer or model:

    • (e) expiry day, expiry month, expiry year, and licence number:

    • (f) label number, bar coding, print batch, and time and date that the licence is printed.

  • 3 If, at the time of application for the licence, the motor vehicle is one that is required also to be licensed under the Road User Charges Act 2012, the licence must show the letters RUC as indicated in diagram 1. In all other cases, those letters must be omitted.

  • 4 The licence must show a stripe that is coloured blue.

  • 5 The licence may include a short description of information relevant to vehicle classification (for example, information identifying the vehicle as complying with restrictions applying to use by learner or restricted driver licence holders).

Table

Class of motor vehicle Replacement letter
An exempted motor vehicle (within the meaning of the Land Transport Management (Apportionment and Refund of Excise Duty and Excise-Equivalent Duty) Regulations 2004) for which current evidence of vehicle inspection is required B
An exempted motor vehicle (within the meaning of the Land Transport Management (Apportionment and Refund of Excise Duty and Excise-Equivalent Duty) Regulations 2004) for which current evidence of vehicle inspection is not required X
A motor vehicle operated under a transport service licence (other than one falling within any preceding description in this table) for which current evidence of vehicle inspection is required but a current certificate of loading is not required T
A motor vehicle operated under a transport service licence (other than one falling within any preceding description in this table) for which current evidence of vehicle inspection and a certificate of loading are required L
A heavy motor vehicle (other than one falling within any preceding description in this table) for which current evidence of vehicle inspection is required K
A motor vehicle (other than one falling within any preceding description in this table) for which current evidence of vehicle inspection is not required N
A motor vehicle listed in Part 2 of Schedule 2 or Part 3 of Schedule 2 A
  • Schedule 1 note 3: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 17 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Schedule 2
Exemptions

rr 7, 8, 19, 23, 77

Part 1
Motor vehicles exempt from continuous licensing requirement

  • 1 A tractor.

  • 2 A traction engine.

  • 3 A forklift.

  • 4 A self-propelled machine that is designed and constructed (not merely adapted) for specialist industrial purposes such as driving, carrying, or propelling any of the following:

    • (a) aerodrome runway sweepers:

    • (b) electrical substations:

    • (c) filters for transformer oil:

    • (d) log haulers that are stationary when hauling logs:

    • (e) aero engine test benches.

  • 5 A self-propelled machine that is designed and constructed (not merely adapted) for agricultural purposes, but not including—

    • (a) a self-propelled machine for trimming trees or hedges; or

    • (b) a motor vehicle designed for spreading fertiliser if it is used on a road for the cartage of fertiliser; or

    • (c) a motor vehicle designed as a weed sprayer on a truck chassis.

  • 6 A veteran motor vehicle or a vintage motor vehicle.

  • 7 A pedestrian-controlled motor vehicle designed exclusively or principally for the carriage of goods, including animals and mail, but not including a tractor.

  • 8 An all-terrain vehicle.

  • 9 A motor vehicle that is being held for the purpose of sale by a motor vehicle trader (within the meaning of the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003) or by a person otherwise lawfully engaged in trading motor vehicles.

  • 10 A stolen vehicle (until returned to the owner's possession after the theft).

  • 11 A trailer whose gross laden weight does not exceed 3 500 kilograms.

Part 2
Motor vehicles not exempt from registration and licensing but exempt from requirement to pay registration and licensing fees

  • 1 A pedestrian-controlled goods service vehicle.

  • 2 A motor vehicle propelled and supported solely by self-laying tracks.

  • 3 An all-terrain vehicle.

  • 4 Any mobile machinery used on roads only in road construction zones in accordance with notices declaring such zones.

  • 5 A logging truck or logging trailer that is unladen and is only used on a road while being taken directly to a place of, and for the purpose of, inspection, servicing, repair, or obtaining evidence of vehicle inspection.

    • Schedule 2 Part 2 item 5: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 18 of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 3
Motor vehicles not exempt from registration and licensing but exempt from requirement to pay registration and licensing fees until close of 1 August 2011

[Expired]

Schedule 3
Form of trade plate

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Diagram 2
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Schedule 4
Form of plates for official motor vehicles

r 37

 OfficeDistinguishing marks
1 Governor-General 1Crown of any size
2 New Zealand Government Ministers of the Crown 2CR followed by a series of numbers from 1 onwards
3(a) Governments of foreign and Commonwealth countries with established diplomatic missions in New Zealand 3For a motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, DC followed by a series of numbers from 1 onwards; for a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, DCC preceded by a series of numbers from 1 onwards
3(b) Any person entitled in New Zealand to full diplomatic immunities and privileges under the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968   
3(c) Organisations in respect of which immunities or privileges have been conferred under section 9(2)(a) of the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968   
3(d) Any person entitled in New Zealand to immunities or privileges under section 9(2)(b) of the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968   
4(a) Governments of foreign and Commonwealth countries with missions of consular or equivalent status established in New Zealand 4For a motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, CC followed by a series of numbers from 1 onwards; for a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, CCC preceded by a series of numbers from 1 onwards
4(b) Any person entitled in New Zealand to full consular immunities and privileges under the Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1971   
5 Any other person entitled in New Zealand to any immunities or privileges (other than those accorded to honorary representatives) under the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968 5For a motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, FC followed by a series of numbers from 1 onwards; for a motorcycle, moped, or trailer, FCC preceded by a series of numbers from 1 onwards

Schedule 5
Fees

rr 3, 20, 63–69

In this schedule, total piston displacement, in relation to the motor of a motor vehicle, means—

  • (a) the total piston displacement as specified by the manufacturer, in a case where the displacement has been specified by the manufacturer in cubic centimetres and the motor has not subsequently been modified in relation to its piston displacement:

  • (b) the total piston displacement as specified by the manufacturer multiplied by 16.39, in a case where the displacement has been specified by the manufacturer in cubic inches and the motor has not subsequently been modified in relation to its piston displacement:

  • (c) the total piston displacement as determined by the Registrar in any other case.

Part 1
Registration fees

  Vehicle type Fee
($)
1 

For a veteran motor vehicle (not being a moped) or a vintage motor vehicle (not being a moped)

 47.00
2 

For a motor vehicle designed exclusively or principally for the carriage of up to and including 9 persons (including the driver)—

  
  
  • (a) having a motor whose total piston displacement does not exceed 1 300 cubic centimetres:

 74.00
  
  • (b) having a motor whose total piston displacement exceeds 1 300 cubic centimetres but does not exceed 2 600 cubic centimetres:

 112.00
  
  • (c) having a motor whose total piston displacement exceeds 2 600 cubic centimetres but does not exceed 4 000 cubic centimetres:

 139.00
  
  • (d) having a motor whose total piston displacement exceeds 4 000 cubic centimetres

 232.00
3 

For a motor vehicle designed exclusively or principally for the carriage of goods (including animals and mail), but not including a tractor, that—

  
  
  • (a) is a heavy motor vehicle:

 232.00
  
  • (b) is not a heavy motor vehicle

 139.00
4 

For any of the following:

  • (a) a motorcycle having a motor whose total piston displacement exceeds 60 cubic centimetres:

  • (b) a trailer:

  • (c) traction engine

 47.00
5 

For any of the following:

  • (a) a motorcycle having a motor whose total piston displacement does not exceed 60 cubic centimetres:

  • (b) a moped

 28.00
6 

For a tractor or a self-propelled agricultural machine

 10.00
7 

For an all-terrain vehicle

 47.00
8 

For a motor vehicle not falling within any of the previous categories

 92.00

Part 1A
Administration fees for registration and cancellation of registration

For each application for registration $6.43
For application for cancellation of registration $7.91
For application for cancellation of registration of new vehicle by motor vehicle trader registered under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 or a person who is otherwise engaged in trading motor vehicles $50.00
These fees are in addition to any fee prescribed in Part 1 of this Schedule.  
  • Schedule 5 Part 1A: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(1) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 2
Licence fees

  Vehicle type Fee
($)
1 

For a motorcycle (not being a motorcycle to which clause 3 applies)

 24.50
2 

For a moped (not being a moped to which clause 3(a) applies)

 14.50
3 

For a—

  
  
  • (a) veteran motor vehicle (including a motorcycle and a moped):

 10.50
  
  • (b) vintage motor vehicle (including a motorcycle but not including a moped)

 19.50
4 

For a trailer that, with the load it is for the time being carrying, does not weigh more than 2 000 kilograms

 24.50
5 

For a tractor or self-propelled agricultural machine

 43.50
6 

For a traction engine

 10.50
7 

For an all-terrain vehicle

 24.50
8 

For a motor vehicle not falling within any of the previous categories

 43.50
9 

For any trade plate for use on a motorcycle or moped

 24.50
10 

For any trade plate for use on any other motor vehicle

 43.50
  • Schedule 5 Part 2 item 5: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(2) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 2A
Licence label fee

For issue of licence label $0.17
  • Schedule 5 Part 2A: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(3) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 3
Additional annual licence fee to fund safety standards

Vehicle type Fee
($)

For a motor vehicle other than—

  • (a) a trailer that is designed to be used for human habitation:

  • (b) a trailer under 3.5 tonnes:

  • (c) a moped:

  • (d) a tractor:

  • (e) a motor vehicle to which Part 2 or 3 of Schedule 2 applies:

 1.64

Part 4
Administration fees for licences

Administration fee for each application for a licence—  
  • (a) if application made over the counter to Registrar or agent of Registrar authorised to take applications from the public generally

 $6.26
  • (b) if application made to motor vehicle industry agent of Registrar

 $2.43
  • (c) if application made to Registrar over the Internet

 $3.57
This fee is in addition to any fee prescribed in Part 2 or Part 3 of this schedule.  
  • Schedule 5 Part 4: replaced, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(4) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 5
Registration plates fees

  Plate type Fee
1 

For ordinary plates embossed and coloured black against a reflective background consisting of white retro-reflective sheeting—

  
  
  • (a) for use on motorcycles, mopeds, and tractors:

 $7.60 each plate
  
  • (b) for use on trailers:

 $8.22 each plate
  
  • (c) for use on other motor vehicles

 $12.62 each pair of plates
2 

For personalised plates consisting solely of distinguishing marks coloured black against a reflective background of white retro-reflective sheeting (standard-issue personalised plates)

 $18.22 each pair of plates
3 

For personalised plates that are not standard-issue personalised plates

 Reasonable cost of manufacturing and distributing each pair of plates
4 

For supplementary plates

 Reasonable cost of manufacturing and distributing each plate
5 

For trade plates for use on motorcycles, mopeds, tractors, and trailers

 $5.33 each plate
6 

For trade plates for use on other motor vehicles

 $5.33 each plate
7 

For adhesive plates

 Reasonable cost of manufacturing and distributing each plate

Part 5A
Administration fees for registration plates

For issue of supplementary plates $1.91
For issue of trade plates $28.09
These fees are in addition to any fee prescribed in Part 5 of this schedule.  
  • Schedule 5 Part 5A: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(5) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 6
Duplicates and replacements fees

    Fee
1 

For duplicate or replacement licences

 $0.22
2 

For replacement certificates of registration

 $7.91
3 

For duplicate registration plates for use on—

  
  
  • (a) motorcycles, mopeds, and tractors:

 $18.22 each plate
  
  • (b) trailers:

 $18.22 each plate
  
  • (c) other motor vehicles

 $18.22 each plate or pair of plates (as the case may be)
4 

For personalised plates that are not standard issue personalised plates

  Reasonable cost of manufacturing and distributing each plate
  • Schedule 5 Part 6 item 2: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(6) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 6A
Administration fees for duplicates and replacements

For issue of replacement registration plate under regulation 60 $4.09
For issue of duplicate registration plates (ordinary or personalised) $1.91
For issue of replacement licence label $3.57
These fees are in addition to any fee prescribed in any other Part of this schedule.  
  • Schedule 5 Part 6A: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(7) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 7
Information from register charges

Request type Charge per record
($)
Request for immediate response made using online service  
Current details 0.16
Registered person as at a specified date 0.16
Registered person history 0.20
Vehicle details 0.16
Vehicle usage history 0.16
Request for overnight (delayed) response made using online service  
Current details or registered person as at a specified date 0.02
Registered person history 0.02
Vehicle details 0.02
Vehicle usage history 0.02
Request other than by using online service  
Current details 13.04
Registered person history 13.04
In this schedule, online service means a service provided by or on behalf of the Registrar for the making of requests by means of the Internet for information from the register.  
  • Schedule 5 Part 7: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(8)(a) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 5 Part 7: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(8)(b) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 5 Part 7: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(9) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 8
Recording change of registered person

1 

The fee payable under regulation 49 or 50 for recording a change of registered person if the person liable to pay the fee is a motor vehicle trader registered under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003

 $0.78
2 

The fee payable under regulation 49 or 50 for recording a change of registered person if the person liable to pay the fee is not a motor vehicle trader registered under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003

 $7.83
  • Schedule 5 Part 8: replaced, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(10) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Part 9
Authorised access application processing fees

ApplicantFee
($)
Individual (not being a sole trader)540.40
Business that is not a representative body or a member of a representative body (including a sole trader)743.10
Representative body with disciplinary power1,013.30
Representative body with no disciplinary power1,148.40
Any other person1,013.30

Part 10
Administration fee for application for exemption

Administration fee for application under regulation 20 for exemption—  
  • (a) if application made over the counter to agent of Registrar authorised to take applications from the public generally or to motor vehicle industry agent of Registrar

 $4.78
  • (b) if application made to Registrar

 $9.04
  • Schedule 5 Part 10: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 19(11) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Schedule 6
Penalties

rr 92–94

Provision Brief description Maximum penalty on conviction for individual
($)
 Maximum penalty on conviction for body corporate
($)
 Infringement fee for individual
($)
 Infringement fee for body corporate
($)
           
74 Using personal information in breach of authorisation 10,000 50,000  
75 Impersonating someone to apply for his or her owner information 10,000   
76 Providing false or misleading information 5,000 25,000 1,000 5,000
77(1)(a) Operating unregistered motor vehicle by driving or using it on road in contravention of section 242(1) 1,000  150 
77(1)(a) Operating unlicensed motor vehicle by driving or using it on road in contravention of section 242(1) 1,000  100 
77(1)(b) Operating motor vehicle on road without plates affixed 1,000  150 
77(1)(b) Operating motor vehicle on road without licence affixed 1,000  75 
77(2)(a) Causing or permitting unregistered or unlicensed motor vehicle to be on road in contravention of section 242(1) 1,000 5,000 200 200
77(2)(b) Causing or permitting motor vehicle to be on road without plates or licence affixed 1,000 5,000 200 200
78 Failing to comply with continuous licensing requirement 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
79 Applying for registration of motor vehicle that the person knows or ought to know is registered 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
80 Applying for licence for motor vehicle whose registration has been cancelled 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
81 Operating motor vehicle for which licence fee or accident insurance levy paid is lower than licence fee or accident insurance levy payable 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
82 Failing to notify particulars 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
83 Failing to notify under regulation 6(1) or 18 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
84 Using trade plate when not eligible 2,000 10,000 200 1,000
85(1)(a) Operating motor vehicle displaying plates or licence not authorised for that motor vehicle 1,000  100 
85(1)(b) Operating motor vehicle displaying object or design likely to be mistaken for plates or licence authorised for that motor vehicle 1,000  100 
85(2)(a) Causing or permitting motor vehicle to be on road displaying plates or licence not authorised for that motor vehicle 1,000 5,000 200 200
85(2)(b) Causing or permitting motor vehicle to be on road displaying object or design likely to be mistaken for plates or licence authorised for that motor vehicle 1,000 5,000 200 200
86 Operating motor vehicle displaying object or design intended to deceive 1,000 5,000 200 200
87(1) Operating motor vehicle with plates or licence that is wholly or partially obscured or not easily distinguishable 1,000  100 
87(2) Causing or permitting motor vehicle to be on road with plates or licence that is wholly or partially obscured or not easily distinguishable 1,000 5,000 200 200
88(a) Operating on road motor vehicle with temporary exemption granted under regulation 20 1,000  150 
88(b) Causing or permitting to be on road motor vehicle with temporary exemption granted under regulation 20 1,000 5,000 200 200
89 Interfering with prohibition notice 2,000  400 
90(1) Failing to surrender registration plate when required to do so under section 257(4) or 265(1) 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
90(2) Failing to surrender registration plate or licence when required to do so under regulation 10, 43(9), 44(5), 60(3)(c), or 61 1,000 5,000 200 1,000
  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(1) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(2) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(3) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(4) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(5) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(6) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(7) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(8) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(9) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(10) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(11) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(12) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(13) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(14) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(15) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(16) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(17) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(18) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(19) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(20) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(21) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(22) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

  • Schedule 6: amended, on 1 October 2012, by regulation 20(23) of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/227).

Schedule 7
Demerit points for certain infringement offences

r 96

Provision Brief description Demerit points
77(1)(a) Operating unregistered motor vehicle by driving or using it on road in contravention of section 242(1) 20
77(1)(a) Operating unlicensed motor vehicle by driving or using it on road in contravention of section 242(1) 15
77(1)(b) Operating motor vehicle on road without plates affixed 20
84 Using trade plate when not eligible 20
85(1)(a) Operating motor vehicle displaying plates or licence not authorised for that motor vehicle 25
85(1)(b) Operating motor vehicle displaying object or design likely to be mistaken for plates or licence authorised for that motor vehicle 25
87(1) Operating motor vehicle with plates or licence that is wholly or partially obscured or not easily distinguishable 25
88(a) Operating motor vehicle with temporary exemption granted under regulation 20 20

Schedule 8
Consequential amendment

r 98

Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/99)

Part 1 of Schedule 2: insert after the item relating to section 59(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998:

 77(1)(a) Operating motor vehicle by driving or using it on road in contravention of section 242(1) 20

Rebecca Kitteridge,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 31 March 2011.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the regulations as at 1 July 2013, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)