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Changes live - electronic stability control VIRM amendments 1 July 2015

On 1 July 2015 the first stage of changes relating to Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle brakes Amendment 2014 came in to force.

These changes affect the In-service, Entry, and Entry (new light vehicle) VIRMs.

Amendments to these VIRMs are now live on 1 July 2015. You can check out the List of changes and screenshot packs for these amendments.

From the 1 July 2015:

  • a new motor vehicle of class MA, MB, MC or NA that is certified for entry into service in New Zealand must be fitted with electronic stability control (ESC).
  • an electronic stability control system fitted to a vehicle of class MA, MB, MC or NA must be maintained in good working order and not be removed.

This amendment only affects light vehicles – including some light passenger service vehicles.

Future changes

The amendment Rule also sets out the following dates from which used vehicles coming into New Zealand are required to have ESC:

  • used class MC vehicles (four-wheel-drive SUVs and off-road vehicles) inspected at the border from 1 March 2016
  • used class MA vehicles (passenger cars) with engine capacity greater than 2 litres inspected at the border from 1 March 2018
  • all other used class MA, MB and NA light passenger and goods vehicles inspected at the border from 1 March 2020.

Similar to frontal impact and emissions requirements, when fully phased in, this provision will not apply to:

  • an immigrant’s vehicle, or
  • a special interest vehicle, or
  • a motorsport vehicle that is operated in accordance with the conditions of a valid low volume vehicle authority card issued for the vehicle in accordance with the Low Volume Vehicle Code, or
  • a vehicle specified in paragraph (a)* of the definition of ‘low volume vehicle’ that was not originally fitted with an electronic stability control system and is certified in accordance with the Low Volume Vehicle Code, or
  • a motor vehicle manufactured, or first registered outside of New Zealand, twenty years or more before the date of its first certification for entry into service in New Zealand.

As the changes come into force, VIRMs will be updated with the new requirements.

*A make and model of a vehicle of a class other than MD3, MD4, ME, NB, NC, TC and TD, that is:

(a) manufactured, assembled, or scratch-built in quantities of 500 or less in any one year, and where the construction of the vehicle may directly or indirectly affect compliance of the vehicle with any of the vehicle standards prescribed by New Zealand law.