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Getting your car driver licence in NZ involves a three-step process. As you progress through the stages you gain a new licence with fewer requirements and more responsibilities. It's an approach that ensures all fully licensed drivers have the skills and experience to drive safely on our roads.

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Graduated licence System

The minimum age for obtaining class 1 (car) and class 6 (motorcycle) learner licence is 16 years. New minimum ages for obtaining restricted and full licences also apply.

Restricted Licence Test Guide

Full Licence Test Guide

 


Road Code

The official New Zealand road code is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand's traffic law and safe driving practices. You will be tested on this information in your theory and practical driving tests.

Information in the Licence and study guide section will help you through each stage of your driver licence. It explains the driver licensing system in New Zealand, describes each stage of your driver licence and provides useful information about the theory and practical tests. It also includes most of the questions that you could be asked when you sit the theory test for your learner licence, and a driving skills syllabus to help you and your driving coach when you're learning to drive.

This guide is intended for drivers of cars and other light vehicles.

 


Local Driving Instructors

 

NIGEL LATTA - TEEN DRIVING & SURVIVING THE TEENAGE YEARSNIGEL LATTA - TEEN DRIVING & SURVIVING THE TEENAGE YEARS

Tuesday 25th October 2016, 7pm @ Wairarapa College Hall

In this entertaining and informative evening Nigel will take the audience on a ride inside the world of teen drivers. He’ll cover off what’s happening inside their brains, and how this impacts on what happens when they’re inside cars. Given that driving a car is the most dangerous thing our teenagers ever have to do, it makes sense to be more informed about how to make this experience as safe as possible. Along the way Nigel will also cover off the more general aspects of the difficulties of raising teenagers in an increasingly complicated world. There’s something for everyone here in an evening every parent of a teen should attend. You might even want to bring your teenager along as well!

Our own AIR NZ (via Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce) are donating 2 x $500 vouchers for use towards domestic or international flights plus local businesses giving away many more great spot prizes on the night!

Free TRANZIT buses from Martinborough, Featherston & Carterton will be available on the evening (to reserve a seat ring 06 3706600)

Organised by Wairarapa Road Safety Council, Manager Bruce Pauling says this is an initiative to highlight and improve our local young driver crash issues.

‘Safety of young drivers is of particular high concern in our region, and understanding how they think and getting the right messages to them in the right manner is really valuable. Nigel Latta is Nz’s premier presenter renown for his down to earth delivery, wit and common sense approach to NZ’s issues of the day .Every parent should take advantage of a great night out, be in to win some amazing prizes, and take away some strategies humour and understanding about their kids and how best to keep them safe on our roads.’

Entry Free: Koha for Wairarapa SADD

Location:
Wairarapa College, 83 Pownall Street, Masterton, Wairarapa

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/870090763122536/
Telephone: 06 377 1379


RYDA ProgrammeRYDA Programme

The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme is in partnership with Rotary, Road Safety Education, Safer Journeys, Wairarapa Road Safety Council.

This year we almost doubled our number is our third year providing a successful program focusing on Year 12 Students across Wairarapa during February. With nearly 600 Students in attendance over the 3 day event held at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton, students we able to take part in 6 workshops;

  • Plan B
  • Hazards, Distractions & Risks
  • Speed & Stopping Distances
  • Road Choices
  • Personality Test
  • Crash Survivor

 

Other extra features during this program included the viewing of the "Last Choice" crash car. A vehicle that was commissioned after a serious accident to be brought to such events to show the serious impact of what can happen when you drive under the influence of alcohol. Also present were SADD(Students Against Driving Drunk) and Te Haoura assisting students in trying the "Booze Goggles" which when put on the students instantly feel the effects of being intoxicated.

We also gave away a Driving voucher to one lucky student. This was drawn at random by the honourable Mayor of Masterton Lyn Patterson after students filled out their evaluation forms. The voucher was to recieve 6 free driving lessons with Jackie from Masterton Driver Training!

Each facilitator was experienced in their field providing safer road choices and inspiration to students wanting to take the next step in their journey of their future driving careers. This program is set to run again in 2017.

For more information please click the RYDA link

We wish to thank all of the Rotarians, Teachers, Students, Facilitators and supporting organisations that played their part in making this event a success.

RYDA is an Australia and New Zealand Program delivered by Road Safety Education Ltd.

Photo Credit: Piers Fuller


Road Safety wants us to 'drive legal'Road Safety wants us to 'drive legal'

 
 
 
 
 
The "Drive Legal Wairarapa Wide" campaign focuses on keeping the region's cars up to safety standards. FILE PHOTO(WTA).
 
The Wairarapa Road Safety Council is working with police to encourage motorists in the region to "drive legal".
 
The "Drive Legal Wairarapa Wide" campaign focuses on keeping the region's cars up to safety standards.

Road Safety Council manager Bruce Pauling said many Wairarapa drivers were putting themselves and others at risk by driving non-legal vehicles and breaching their driver licence conditions.

The former police officer, with 30 years' enforcement experience, said statistics for tickets issued across Wairarapa for 2014 were "worrying". Some 2094 tickets were issued for vehicles that had faults, no warrant of fitness or were not up to WOF standard. More than 1900 tickets had been issued to either unlicensed drivers or to drivers breaching graduated licence conditions.

"As these statistics show, far too many local drivers are flaunting these safety laws," Mr Pauling said.
 
"Unknown to them, their cars could be unsafe and, by not following licence conditions or being totally unlicensed, they have not proved they have the necessary skills to keep themselves and others safe on Wairarapa roads."
 
He said driver knowledge and skill base was also what the "drive legal" campaign was about.
 
"The importance of acquiring the appropriate driving skills via the graduated driver licence system can often be forgotten," Mr Pauling said.
 
"As drivers move through the system, they are tested to ensure they have acquired the right skills to earn the right to drive on our roads.

"Licence conditions and restrictions, such as a supervisor, not carrying passengers and a curfew, are placed around the novice driver to ensure they graduate to become a competent, safe and responsible road user." As of last year, five-year time limits were applied to learner and restricted licence holders. This means if a driver has not progressed to the next licence stage within five years then they will become unlicensed and risk large fines and demerit points. They will be required to start the whole process over.

Mr Pauling said although keeping a car up to a safe standard could be expensive, it was important to do so. "It is essential that the car you are driving and transporting your whanau and friends in has been checked by a qualified mechanic and is seen to be compliant and safe." He said it was a good idea for people to regularly carry out five-minute checks to ensure their vehicle still met warrant of fitness standard.

People looking to buy a new or used vehicle should look at the available safety features and ratings and decide on the safest car for their budget. Car safety ratings were based on over 7.5 million vehicles in police-reported crashes in New Zealand and Australia from 1987 to 2013. The Australia New Car Assessment Programme (Ancap) star-rated system was based on the results of thousands of laboratory controlled crashes. Mr Pauling said people should base their consumer choice on safety first, followed by other features such as brand and colour of vehicle.

"You could be surprised that the car you have in mind with the flash rims and stereo will not perform that safely or provide enough occupant protection in a serious crash." Drivers needed to look after each other on the roads.

-The government website www.rightcar.govt.nz has safety information on most new and used vehicles.

Anyone with a learner licence who does not have anyone to act as a driving supervisor, or has no access to a legal car to practice, or needs more advice, can contact Bruce Pauling on 06 929 7425 or go to www.wairsc.org.nz


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