Notice Type
Authorities/Other Agencies of State
Notice Title

Land Transport Rules

In accordance with section 161(2) of the Land Transport Act 1998, the NZ Transport Agency, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, gives notice of the Minister’s intention to amend Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle Brakes 2002, and advises that Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment [2019] (“draft Rule”) is available for public comment.

The draft Rule proposes to require all motorcycles entering service in New Zealand, after a specified date, to be equipped with either an antilock braking system (ABS) or a combined braking system (with some exceptions). It also removes a requirement for twinned-wheel motor tricycles to be fitted with a park brake. ABS is a proven technology which will help save the lives of motorcyclists. Several exceptions are proposed including for classic and collectable motorcycles. There would be no requirement to retrofit ABS to existing motorcycles already in use in New Zealand.

Consultation material is available for you to download from the NZ Transport Agency website at:

You can also obtain copies by calling the NZ Transport Agency Contact Centre on 0800 699 000. The consultation material is also available for viewing at the NZ Transport Agency’s offices.

You can make a submission:

  • online via this link:
  • by sending an email to: Be sure to include “Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment Rule” in the subject line; or
  • by posting it to: Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment Rule, Regulatory and Transport Policy Team, NZ Transport Agency, Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday 26 April 2019.

For further information about the Rules process, contact the Agency at the above email or postal address.

Dated at Wellington this 5th day of March 2019.

ANNA MOODIE, Chief Legal Officer.