Importing and compliancing vehicles

FOMC AGM Presentation
Frank Willett
Issues raised for me to speak to:
1. WoF / CoF (light and heavy) – NZTA requirements
2. Entry Certification of ‘Heritage’ vehicles – lapsed registration, recently
imported/been here a while and ‘never registered’
3. Left Hand Drive – NZTA requirements
4. Importing and restoring – what should be considered and needed for entry
• Heavy motor vehicle
• Light motor vehicle
• Veteran motor vehicle
• Vintage motor vehicle
(GVM 3501kg or greater)
(GVM up to 3500kg)
Means a vehicle that was manufactured prior to Jan 1 1919
Means a vehicle that was:
Manufactured on or after Jan 1 1919, and;
Is at least 40 years old on the date it is registered (or licensed)
Background Information
• NZTA statistics*:
The NZ vehicle fleet totals 4.3 mill vehicles including cars, buses, trucks, motor
caravans, mopeds, motor cycles, and trailers.
There are currently 10,600 LHD vehicles on the register - 44 are heavy vehicles**
Vehicles 30-39 years old total 158,534 (20,000 cars, 21,200 trucks, 101,000 trailers)
Vehicles 40 years and older total 156,674 (77,000 cars, 12,700 trucks,54,000 trailers)
From these statistics:
LHD’s make up 0.25% of the NZ Fleet
Vehicles 30 years of age and over make up 7.33% of the NZ fleet
Information obtained from NZTA TRC May 2014
There may be more vehicles in this category 1st registered post 1994 as there may be some data integrity issues.
WoF and CoF - Registered vehicles (Current or
‘on hold’)
• Vehicles presented for WoF or CoF will be inspected to and must comply
with the latest VIRM requirements
• Any vehicles that have undergone restoration involving significant repairs,
modifications, or fabrication may require specialist certification prior to
gaining a new WoF or CoF.
• Vehicles already registered in NZ as a LHD are not required to be converted
to RHD.
• Due to the small numbers of such vehicles, most inspecting organisations /
inspectors will not be readily conversant on how to inspect some vehicles, nor
apply some of the VIRM requirements.
Vehicles (light and Heavy)never previously
registered in NZ presented for Entry
• Two things key required for Entry Certification:
Proof of Legal Title
Vehicle meets all applicable NZ statutory and legislative requirements
• Documentation requirements
Proof of prior registration in source market – Export Certificate, Registration Document
Purchase invoice, shipping documentation, documents pertaining to vehicle authenticity (if
Additional NZTA Approvals, Exemptions, or Certifications if required (e.g.SIV, Cat A LHD,
Repair Certification, LVV Certification, Heavy Vehicle Specialist Certification)
• In some cases, vehicles may have to be referred to NZTA on a ‘case by case’
basis for guidance and approval for certification.
Previously NZ registered vehicles presented
for Re-registration
With any vehicle (heavy or light) previously legitimately registered in NZ there
shouldn’t be major issues involved in the Re-registration process providing it is
At the time of being presented for Re-registration, Glazing, Seatbelts, Tyres etc. may
need to meet vehicle standards (depending on age).
When a vehicle is presented for certification, the Agent will try and find it in the
Register (Landata) Information such as old registration numbers if available, chassis
and engine numbers, general vehicle description is used to search with.
If documentation showing previous NZ registration cannot be supplied, or the vehicle
cannot be found in Landata (often the case with very early registered vehicles), there is
provision to apply to NZTA for approval to allow processing of the vehicle for
An NZTA “Alternative documents” application is used for this and needs to explain the
background and make a case for it to be considered as having been NZ registered
Review of current LHD requirements
ALL Left-hand drive vehicles
Unless they were certified for entry into service in New Zealand before 1 April
2010, no left-hand drive vehicles may be certified for registration in NZ, except as
set out below;
Refer to NZTA Factsheet 12 - Importing a Left-hand drive vehicle
LHD Categories
LHD vehicle categories:
Category A: Special interest light vehicles less than 20 years old
These are LHD vehicles under 20 years of age that have been recognised as special
interest vehicles by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and have been issued with a
Category A Left-hand drive vehicle permit.
Refer to NZTA Factsheet 12a – Category A Special Interest Left-hand drive
LHD Categories - cont
Category B: Light vehicles that are 20 years old or more
These are LHD light vehicles manufactured more than 20 years before their
certification for entry into service in New Zealand.
LHD Categories - cont
Category C: Specialist vehicles
Category C1: Vehicles with dual steering columns and controls.
Category C2: Mobile cranes, vehicles with self-laying tracks, agricultural tractors or selfpropelled agricultural harvesting machines, or earthmoving machines.
NZTA must confirm in writing that it is satisfied that:
(a) the operation of the vehicle requires it to be a left-hand drive vehicle; or
(b) the vehicle is only available as a left-hand drive vehicle.
Category C3: Any specialist vehicle that the Agency is satisfied has special
characteristics, or is equipped for special operational purposes, such that conversion to
right-hand drive is impractical.
The NZTA must confirm in writing that it is satisfied that the vehicle has special
characteristics, or is equipped for special operational purposes, such that conversion to righthand drive is impractical.
Category C4: Any motor vehicle that is a purpose-built hearse (must be identified as a
hearse by the vehicle manufacturer).
Category C5: Vehicles used in motor sport competition, and operated in accordance
with the conditions of a valid motor sport authority card.
LHD Categories - cont
Category D: Vehicles operated by diplomats.
Category E: Vehicles exempt from registration and licensing.
Category F: Any vehicle that was formerly owned by the Crown.
Category G: Motorcycles with side cars.
What if my vehicle doesn’t fit into any
For LHD vehicles that don’t fit into the categories above, the NZTA will consider
applications for exemptions from the requirements in NZ legislation but must
consider each individual application on its own.
Any application made must only be for an individual vehicle, not for a group or type of
An NZTA “Vehicle Standards Exemption application form” is to be used for this.
This is available from the NZTA website or an NZTA entry certification agent.
Importing vehicles – general advice
NZ requirements are VERY complex – DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE
PARTING WITH YOUR MONEY. Refer to the NZTA Website “My Vehicle” tab
“Guide to importing a vehicle” at
DO NOT believe that applying ‘common sense’ to your vehicle selection, or to
any documentary requirements, repairs, modifications, or restorations will
result in the vehicle being easily certified for use on NZ roads. Make sure you
KNOW the requirements before hand and follow them closely.
Landing a clearly non-compliant vehicle in NZ WILL NOT RESULT IN NZTA
Finally, if you can, LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS.
Restoring vehicles (previously registered in NZ)
Some restoration work can be considered by entry certifiers as ‘structural repairs’
requiring specialist certification
Similarly, any changes or ‘improvements’ made during restoration may be breach
the ‘modification’ threshold and trigger the requirement for LVV Certification (light
vehicles) and Heavy Vehicle certification.
For LHD’s, major modifications (changing the vehicles design and usage) may alter
the ability to keep the vehicle in LHD form.
Thank you.

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