Changes to learner and restricted driver licences

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is consulting on the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No2) 2021.

The proposed Rule will revoke the five-year time-limit for the Class 1 and 6 learner and restricted licences, and revert them back to a standard 10-year validity (the same as the full licence) when a licence-holder renews their learner or restricted licence.

It will also remove the 90-day time restriction on renewal, allowing these licence holders to renew their licence any time before expiry, and will remove the requirement for the licence holder to re-sit and pass a theory test to renew their licence.

We want to hear what you think about these proposed changes.

Why are we consulting?

Consultation is being carried out to ensure legislation is sound and robust, and the Rule development process considers the views of, and impact on, those people and organisations affected by the proposed Rule.

This consultation has two parts:

Please read the overview carefully and consider the effects the proposed Rule changes would have on you or your organisation.

Subject to the approval of the Minister, the proposed Rule changes are expected to come into effect on 24 November 2021.

What we are seeking your feedback on

Waka Kotahi welcomes your comments on the proposed changes set out in this overview and in the draft of the proposed Rule.

When you provide your feedback, it would be helpful if you consider and answer the following questions:

  1. Do you support revoking the time-limited licence policy? Please outline your reasons.
  2. Do you see any additional risks in revoking the time-limited licence policy?

For both questions, your reasoning behind the response would be appreciated.

How to make a submission

You can send your submission:

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • the title of the proposed Rule change
  • your name, and title if applicable
  • your organisation’s name if applicable
  • your email address (preferred) or postal address.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 8 October 2021.

After the consultation is completed a final document will be prepared and released.

Consultation documents

Monday 13th of September 2021

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