|Amendment date||Reasons for amendment||Amendment details|
|13 May 2020|
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has amended the VIRM to allow for some inspection and certification documents to be presented electronically. This is to assist businesses with contactless operation. The following documents will be able to be emailed:
|Introduction 3-1 General duties and responsibilites|
|29 April 2020|
This amendment contains the items held over from the 1 April amendment:
Additionally, isolation shields of certain types have been added to the table of modifications that do not require LVV certification.
|1 April 2020|
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the 1 April 2020 VIRM amendment has been modified to only include the 1 April 2020 legislated changes regarding ABS requirements on motorcycles. The other amendment changes are now delayed until the level 4 restrictions have been lifted.
In this amendment:
|12 March 2020|
Effective immediately, vehicle inspectors should fail all Trailpro Handyman (model TP1) trailers.
|11 March 2020|
Technical bulletin 12: Used imported vehicles from Japan – disconnected airbags at WoF inspection rescinded. Vehicles with disconnected airbags should be failed in line with section 7-6 Frontal impact airbags reason for rejection 7. Airbags must be reconnected and working to issue the WoF. The Transport Agency does not need to be specifically notified.
|Technical bulletin 12: Used imported vehicles from Japan – disconnected airbags at WoF inspection|
|21 February 2020||New compliance requirements for parking brake come in on 27 February. Technical bulletin (CoF) 9 parking brake inspection and 4085D requirements has been introduced to give guidance to vehicle inspectors on the background behind the changes and when it is appropriate to request the presentation of the 4085D Operator statement of compliance with parking brake assemblies form.|
|10 December 2019|
Note added about small dents, for example for hail damage, added:
Dents smaller than 5mm deep and 40mm in diameter (to the outer edges of the crease), such as those caused by hail, in the A-pillar or Cant rail should, not be considered to affect the vehicles structural integrity. Any damage larger than above should be referred to a repairer for additional information.
|2 December 2019|
Summary of changes
|1 June 2019|
|27 November 2018|
Due to safety risks, a three-point seatbelt imported and distributed from Business Ventures Limited (BVL) and manufactured by Jiang Su Jiu Jiu Traffic Facilities Co. Ltd. is not allowed installed and a vehicle with this kind of seatbelt must be failed.
This is in addition to the 19 October amendment.
|23 November 2018|
The NZ Transport Agency is aware of a serious safety risk with the Trailpro brand of light trailers which were sold through Bunnings NZ between 1 January 2006 and 12 October 2018.
Effective immediately, vehicle inspectors should fail all unrepaired Trailpro 8x4 Tradesman (model number TP5) and Trailpro 8x5 Tandem (model number TP8), with a bolt-through drawbar attachment.
Read the news item for more information.
|1 November 2018|
In this amendment:
|19 October 2018|
Due to safety risks, a three-point seatbelt imported and distributed from Business Ventures Limited (BVL) and manufactured by Changzhou BWD, China is not allowed installed and a vehicle with this kind of seatbelt must be failed.
|1 June 2018|
In this amendment:
|1 November 2017|
In this amendment:
|1 May 2017|
In this amendment:
|1 February 2017|
Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016
In November 2016, the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass (VDAM) Rule 2016 was signed, coming into effect on 1 February 2017.
The rule sets vehicle size and weight limits, and vehicle configuration requirements, with a focus on heavy vehicles.
It is intended to strike a reasonable balance between the risks that heavy vehicles present to public safety, and the efficient operation of the heavy vehicle fleet within the constraints imposed by the road network.
As a result of the new rule, there are updates to the dimensions sections across the VIRM.
|1 December 2016|
Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Rule 2016
|11 March 2016|
The 1 March 2016 VIRM amendments were issued to correct a discrepancy between VIRM: In-service certification with the Land Transport Rule: Seatbelts and Seatbelt Anchorages 2002. However, a result of the amendment is that it immediately invalidated certain existing motorhome seatbelts, which was not the intent of the amendment.
As a result of the repercussions, the Transport Agency is working to effect a Rule change that will clarify the intent of the Rule and not disadvantage owners of existing motorhomes. In the meantime, please refer to the modified VIRM amendments, which will be retroactively effective 1 March 2016.
|1 March 2016|
Important: See also 11 March 2016 corrections amendments.
|1 November 2015|
|1 July 2015||This amendment covers changes relating to Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle brakes Amendment 2014 that come in to force on 1 July 2015.|
|1 November 2014|
WoF/CoF system related changes
Omnibus rule related changes
Other technical changes
|1 July 2014|
WoF and general changes
CoF only changes
|28 April 2014|
This amendment covers a small number of general technical changes and tidy-ups, as summarised below:
|1 January 2014|
Law changes effective from 1 January 2014 have resulted in the following VIRM changes:
New WoF expiry dates for light vehicles
From 1 January 2014, there will be three groups of vehicles with different WoF expiry regimes:
Changes affecting CoF only
|11 November 2013|
WoF frequency and related changes for agricultural motor vehicles
From 11 November 2013, agricultural tractors and machines are eligible for a 12 month WoF, regardless of their age. Other tractors and machines, as well as other unclassified vehicles and forklifts, remain on the current WoF regime, ie 12 month WoF up to 6 years age, and 6 month WoF if older than 6 years. We also had to develop a new inspection group to deal with the different WoF regimes for these vehicles. Everyone who currently has inspection group 5 for ‘Heavy vehicles exempt CoF’ will automatically get the new inspection group 6 for ‘Agricultural motor vehicles’. These changes have made the WoF requirements a bit more complicated, so please read the VIRM changes carefully, particularly those in the Tractor introduction section.
New WoF label
As advised in a recent WoF news, we have developed a new WoF label which will cover four years at a time instead of the usual single year. This was necessary to cater for the new maximum of three year WoF expiry which will come into effect July 2014. The new label will be available from mid-November and will cover the years 2014 to 2017. If you have any single year 2014 WoF labels, please use these up first before using the new labels.
Technical bulletin 2 (CoF) – OEM wheel rim options (affecting CoF only)
Wheel rim options for some Scania models have been added to the bulletin.
|14 October 2013|
Changes affecting CoF only:
|1 June 2013|
This amendment covers new rule changes mainly affecting agricultural vehicles and the Tractor section, specifically:
|1 November 2012|
This amendment covers changes to the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004 relating to forklift lighting, and to the Land Transport Rule: Glazing Windscreen Wipe and Wash and Mirrors 1999 relating to stickers on motorsport vehicles. These changes came into effect on 1 November 2012.
For CoF, this amendment also clarifies heavy vehicle glazing requirements related to the critical vision area and wire mesh stoneguards, and updates the heavy vehicle specialist certifier categories for the LT400 form.
|1 October 2012||
This amendment covers a number of changes to the Land Transport Rule: Passenger Service Vehicles 1999 which came into effect on 1 October 2012. The main changes relate to wheelchair restraints, reducing the risk of fire on rear-engined
buses, safety of power-operated doors and driver vision. There are a small number of other minor technical rule changes resulting in minor VIRM changes.
This amendment also includes changes to the dimension requirements, allowing for external cameras on buses and ferry-tie downs.
This amendment does not affect WoF inspections.