Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004

Version as at 19 May 2022

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Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004

(SR 2004/427)


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This rule is administered by the Ministry of Transport.

Pursuant to sections 152, 153, and 157 of the Land Transport Act 1998, the Minister for Transport Safety makes the following ordinary rule.


1.7General responsibilities of road users
1.8General exceptions
2.1Keeping left
2.2Slow vehicle bays
2.3Use of lanes
2.4Route of driving at intersections marked or signed in lanes
2.5Changing direction
2.5ACyclists turning right at intersections
2.6General requirements about passing other vehicles
2.7Passing on right
2.8Passing on left
2.9Passing where roadway marked with no-passing line
2.10Passing at school crossing point or pedestrian crossings
2.11Passing at level crossings
2.13Driving along footpath
2.14Driving on lawn, garden, or other cultivation
3.1General requirements about places controlled by traffic control devices
3.1ATraffic signs prohibiting turning manoeuvres
3.2Traffic signals in form of disc
3.3Traffic signals in form of arrow
3.4Traffic signal in form of flashing yellow signal
3.5Traffic signals in form of standing or walking human figure
3.6Traffic signals in form of T or B
3.7Traffic signals in form of cycle symbol
3.8Manually controlled stop signs
3.9Crossing where school patrol operating
3.10Drivers’ signals
3.11Driver must make way when signalled by vehicle displaying blue or red beacons
3.12Driver must make way and stop for registered medical practitioners, nurses, or midwives, pilot vehicles, and accompanying overdimension vehicles when displaying beacons
4.1Giving way where vehicles are controlled by stop sign or give-way sign
4.2Giving way where vehicles are controlled by same type of sign or in absence of signs
4.3Giving way where intersection controlled by enforcement officer
4.4Giving way when entering or exiting driveway
4.5Approaching and entering intersections
4.7Drivers and light rail vehicles
5.1Drivers must not exceed speed limits
5.2Which speed limit prevails if more than 1 applies
5.3Minimum speed limits
5.4Speed limits for vehicles towing other vehicles
5.5Speed limits for heavy motor vehicles
5.6Speed limits relating to school buses
5.7Speed limits for light rail vehicles
5.8Speed limit where warning sign advises of accident, breakdown, crash, emergency, or fire
5.9Stopping and following distances
5.10Section 7(2) of Act
6.1Vehicles must be parked with due care and consideration
6.2Parking vehicles off roadway
6.3Parking close to corners, bends, etc
6.4Parking contrary to notice, traffic sign, or marking
6.5Parking on or near pedestrian crossings
6.6Parking in special vehicle lane
6.7Parking on traffic islands and flush medians
6.8Parking near bus stops
6.9Obstructing vehicle entrances and exits
6.10Parking near fire hydrants
6.11Double parking
6.12Parallel parking
6.13Parking at angle
6.14Parking on footpaths or cycle paths
6.15Parking on stopping places and stands
6.16Parking on loading zone
6.17Parking on or near level crossings
6.18Parking goods vehicle at angle during hours of darkness
6.19Parking trailers on roadway
6.20Exceptions under this Part
7.1Riding dangerously
7.2Use of doors
7.3Unsafe vehicles and loads
7.3ABan on use of mobile phones while driving
7.5Emission of smoke or vapour from motor vehicles
7.6Driver must ensure passengers under 7 years use child restraint
7.7Driver must ensure passengers aged 7 use child restraint or seat belt
7.8Driver must ensure passengers of 8 to 14 years wear seat belts
7.9Driver must not permit passengers under 15 years to sit in front seat without child restraint or seat belt
7.10Persons of or over 15 years must wear seat belts and keep them fastened
7.11Exceptions to application of requirements relating to use of child restraints and seat belts
7.12Safety helmets for all terrain vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds
7.13Exceptions from requirement to wear motorcycle safety helmet
7.14Certificate of exemption
7.15Driver or passenger must produce helmet for inspection
7.16Dangerous substances on roads
7.17Motor vehicles following other vehicles
7.20Dual steering systems
7.21Loaded firearms
7.22Ridden and driven animals
7.23Child safety locks in small passenger service vehicles
8.2Means of entrance and exit
8.3Use of motor vehicle lighting equipment on road
8.4Use of optional lights
8.5Use of beacons
8.6Use of direction indicators as hazard warning
8.7Use of motor vehicle lights on parked or standing vehicles
8.8Windscreen must be kept clear
8.9Motor vehicle must be kept in appropriate condition
8.10Requirements for motor vehicles complying with static roll threshold
9.1General requirements for level crossings
9.2Level crossings controlled by traffic signals or barriers
9.3Level crossings where exit blocked by stationary traffic
9.4Level crossing requirements applying to passenger service vehicles
9.5Exceptions to level crossing requirements
10.1Pedestrian crossings
10.2Shared zone
11.1Use of footpath and roadway
11.1AUse of shared path
11.2Provisions relating to boarding light rail vehicles
11.3Using crossings, underpasses, or footbridges
11.4Crossing roadway
11.5Entering crossings
11.6Loitering on crossings or roadways
11.6AWashing of vehicles
11.7Carrying restrictions
11.8Safety helmets for cyclists
11.9Towing restrictions
11.10Riding abreast
11.11Riding cycles on footpaths, etc
11.12Lighting and reflector requirements for cyclists
11.13Lighting and reflector requirements for mopeds
11.14Use of road
11.15Method of leading animal by rider
11.16Lighting requirements for animal-drawn vehicles
11.17Drivers must enable other drivers to keep clear of light rail vehicles
11.18Application of clauses 3.1 to 3.4 and 3.6: traffic control devices and signals
11.19Application of clauses 4.1 to 4.3, 4.5, and 4.6: crossing intersections
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