For the purposes of consultation, proposed amendments to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999 (the principal rule) and other Land Transport Rules applying to vehicles used for agricultural purposes were combined into a single rule, the Land Transport Rule: Agricultural Vehicles Amendment 2012 (the Omnibus Rule). The rule amendment proposals arose out of a review of agricultural transport legislation in 2012 involving government agencies, key transport and agriculture industry stakeholders, and the public.
On 19 October 2012, the New Zealand Transport Agency (the NZTA) sent details of the amendment proposals by letter or email to approximately 2 300 groups and individuals who had registered an interest in the rules to be amended. The Omnibus Rule was made available through the NZTA's contact centre and, together with questions and answers, was also available on the NZTA’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 NZTA received 29 submissions on the Omnibus Rule, of which 21 commented on the proposed amendments to the principal rule.
Following consultation, the provisions in the Omnibus Rule were split into 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.