Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) (COVID-19—Extension of Duration of Motor Vehicle Licences) Amendment Regulations 2020

2020/56

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) (COVID-19—Extension of Duration of Motor Vehicle Licences) Amendment Regulations 2020

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of April 2020

Present:
The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern presiding in Council

These regulations are made under section 269 of the Land Transport Act 1998 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) (COVID-19—Extension of Duration of Motor Vehicle Licences) Amendment Regulations 2020.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on the day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011 (the principal regulations).

4 New regulation 14A inserted (Extension of duration of licences for COVID-19)

After regulation 14, insert:

14A Extension of duration of licences for COVID-19

(1)

This regulation applies to a licence for a motor vehicle that—

(a)

expired or expires in the period that began on 1 January 2020 and ends on the day before the commencement date if the licence remains expired on the commencement date; or

(b)

expires in the period that begins on the commencement date and ends 6 months after the commencement date.

(2)

Despite regulation 14, a licence described in subclause (1) has effect in the period that begins on the commencement date and ends 6 months after the commencement date.

(3)

This regulation does not affect a person’s liability to pay the applicable prescribed fees and accident insurance levies from the date the licence would otherwise have expired.

(4)

A person does not commit an offence under regulations 77 and 78 in relation to a licence to which this regulation applies for the period the licence remains in effect under this regulation.

(5)

In this regulation, commencement date means the date the regulation comes into force.

Rachel Hayward,
for the Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on the day after the date they are notified in the Gazette (the commencement date), amend the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011. New regulation 14A extends the duration of motor vehicle licences in 2 categories. The categories are licences that—

  • expired or will expire between 1 January 2020 and the day before the commencement date (inclusive) and that remain expired on the commencement date; and

  • expire in the period between the commencement date and 6 months after the commencement date (inclusive).

Licences in these 2 categories have effect on and for 6 months from the commencement date.

A person’s liability for fees and accident insurance levies is not affected by this change and remains the same as if their licence had otherwise expired. The offence provisions in regulations 77 and 78 do not apply to a person who has a licence in either of those 2 categories for the period the licence remains in effect under new regulation 14A.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 9 April 2020.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Transport.