For the purposes of consultation, amendments proposed to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999 (the principal rule) and 9 other Land Transport Rules were combined into a single rule, Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2012 (the Omnibus Amendment Rule).
In May 2012, the New Zealand Transport Agency (the Agency) sent details of the amendment proposals by letter or email to about 2 500 groups and individuals who had registered an interest in the rules to be amended. The Omnibus Amendment Rule was made available through the Agency's contact centre and, together with questions and answers, was available on the Agency's Internet site. The availability of the amendment proposals for comment was publicised in the daily newspapers in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin and in the Gazette. The Agency received 27 submissions on the Omnibus Amendment Rule, of which 12 commented on the proposed amendments to the principal rule.
Following consultation, the provisions in the Omnibus Amendment Rule were split into 10 separate amendment rules, including this rule. The submissions that were received were taken into account in finalising this rule before it was submitted to the Associate Minister of Transport for signing.