4 Technical bulletins
31 Brakes standards compliance
Vehicle inspection requirements manual references
This bulletin gives guidance to vehicle inspectors in applying the following requirements in the VIRM: Entry certification:
Under Land Transport Rule: Heavy Vehicle Brakes 2006, when a heavy powered vehicle undergoes entry-level certification in New Zealand, proof that the vehicle was manufactured to meet an approved brakes standard may be required.
This technical bulletin applies to all class MD3, MD4, ME, NB and NC vehicles being certified for entry into New Zealand that are required to meet approved brakes standards.
Any one of the following methods may be used to prove a vehicle was manufactured to meet approved brake standards.
Acceptable proof of brakes rule compliance for new or used vehicles manufactured for the Japanese market
1. A vehicle manufactured in Japan for the Japanese market on or after 1 July2000, but not previously registered in Japan, an original completion inspection certificate
Example: See Reference material 23, or
2. A vehicle manufactured in Japan for the Japanese market and previously registered in Japan on or after 1 July 2000, an original Japanese de-registration, export or detailed registration history certificate
Example: See Reference material 20, 21, 22 and 24.
Note These vehicles will meet Japanese Technical Standards.
Acceptable proof of brakes rule compliance for new or used vehicles manufactured for the Australian market
An ADR compliance plate on a vehicle manufactured on or after 1 July 1979. Note: If the ADR plate lists individual rules, ADR 35 must be listed for proof of compliance.
Example: See Reference material 32.
Acceptable proof of brakes rule compliance for new or used vehicles manufactured for the European market
1. An EC whole vehicle approval plate
Example: See Reference material 29, or
2. A UN/ECE compliance plate listing an approved brakes standard
Example: See Reference material 28.
Acceptable proof of brakes rule compliance for used vehicles manufactured for the United Kingdom market
A vehicle manufactured for the United Kingdom market and previously registered in the United Kingdom on or after 1 May 2002 is compliant. A UK registration certification will show the date of first registration.
Example: See Reference material 59.
Acceptable proof of brakes compliance for new or used vehicles manufactured for the US market
1. Original documents confirming the vehicle was manufactured for the US market and would be permitted for use on public roads in the US, and a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) plate or label affixed to the vehicle
Example: See Reference material 30 and 31, or
2. An FMVSS plate or label affixed to a vehicle with air brakes manufactured on or after 1 January 1975, or a vehicle with hydraulic brakes manufactured on or after 1 September 1983, or a vehicle with electric brakes manufactured on or after 1 November 1997, and original documents confirming the vehicle was first registered in the US
Example: See Reference material 30.
Acceptable proof of brakes rule compliance for new or used vehicles manufactured anywhere
1. The vehicle make and model is listed here as distributed by the Motor Industry Association of New Zealand (MIA) and sold through its franchise dealer network, or
2. A statement of compliance including an approved brakes standard.
Example: See Reference material 19
The appropriate brakes standard code must be entered into the standards code field in the ILOAD screen on LANDATA (refer to ILOAD screen pages in section 3 of the LATIS agents’ manual).
If the vehicle does not have evidence of compliance with an approved brakes standard, the entry inspector must fail the vehicle and refer the vehicle owner to the Transport Agency (phone 0800 699 000; mail PO Box 5084, Wellington 6145) for further advice.
Page amended 1 May 2017 (see amendment details).
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Pre-registration and VIN
- 3 Inspection and certification
- 4 Technical bulletins
- 1 Replacement parts
- 2 Water- or fire-damaged vehicles
- 3 Vehicles modified to change vehicle class
- 4 Identifying a Honda Gyro
- 5 Inspection requirements for temporary vehicle imports
- 6 Auxiliary bars
- 7 Frontal impact standard exemptions
- 8 Frontal impact compliance for Mitsubishi models
- 9 Frontal impact compliance for Toyota Cavaliers
- 10 Inspection for corrosion in Nissan Terrano & Mistral rear floorpan assemblies
- 11 Inspection of motorhomes
- 12 Inspection of daytime running lamps
- 13 Glazing on house-trucks
- 14 Seatbelt requirements for rotating seats
- 15 Toyota Hiace seat and seatbelt requirements
- 16 Replacement seatbelts
- 17 Seatbelt and seatbelt anchorage standards for heavy motor vehicles
- 18 Seatbelt markings
- 19 Seatbelt exemptions
- 20 OE rear upper seatbelt anchorages (with retrofitted seatbelts)
- 21 Rear seatbelts as aisle obstructions in passenger service vehicles
- 23 Used imported motorsport vehicles
- 24 Recording the number of seats for self-propelled motorhomes
- 25 Immigrants' vehicles
- 26 Special interest vehicles
- 27 Alternative proof of compliance – Singapore/Japan
- 28 Exhaust emissions standard compliance
- 29 Declaration for supplementary restraint system, anti-lock braking system and ESC system inspections
- 30 Dual brake systems in overseas driving school vehicles
- 31 Brakes standards compliance
- 32 Static tilt stability compliance
- 33 Category A left-hand drive vehicles
- 34 Bridgestone tyres manufactured in Thailand, Taiwan or Indonesia
- 35 Moped entry certification (class LA, LB)
- 36 Removing a border damage flag
- 37 Electronic stability control identification
- 38 Class MC vehicle definition
- 39 Identifying class MB, MD1 or MD2 based on seats on Japanese deregistration certificates
- 40 Passenger airbag inspection – used imported vehicles from Japan
- 41 Entry certification procedures for certain modified vehicles
- 42 Conversion vans (AKA day vans)
- 43 Takata airbag recall
- 44 Rust prevention or under-sealing on late model cars from the UK
- 45 Recording the number of seats in a vehicle with wheelchair positions
- 46 Parallel imports
- 47 Vehicles fitted with ITS Connect
- COVID-19 recovery
- 5 Reference materials