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37 Electronic stability control identification

Identification of Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

The following evidence is acceptable proof that the vehicle is fitted with an ESC system:

  • The presence and correct operation of appropriate ESC tell-tale indicators on the vehicle’s dashboard
  • A Statement of Compliance showing ESC fitment
  • A tell-tale indicator like the symbol below refers to an ESC system:
  • A tell-tale indicator on the vehicle’s dashboard comprising one of the following acronyms:

AUDI

ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program)

BMW

DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)

DTC (Dynamic Traction Control)
Note: If a BMW has DTC displayed the vehicle can be accepted as containing an ESC system. The underlying technology to DTC includes DSC - which is an ESC system)

CRYSLER

ESP (Electronic Stability Program)

DAIHATSU

DVS (Daihatsu Vehicle Stability control system)

FORD

ESP (Electronic Stability Program)

DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)

GM

PSC (Precision Control System)

HOLDEN ESC (Electronic Stability Control)

HONDA

VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist)

JAGUAR

DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)

LANDROVER

DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)

LEXUS

VSC (Vehicle Stability Control)

VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integration Management)

MASERATI MSP (Maserati Stability Program)

MAZDA

DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)

MERCEDES-BENZ

ESP (Electronic Stability Program)

MITSUBISHI

ASC (Active Stability Control)

ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control)

NISSAN

VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control)

PORSCHE PSM (Porsche Stability Management)

SUBARU

VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control)

SUZUKI

ESP (Electronic Stability Program)

TOYOTA

VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integration Management)

VSC (Vehicle Stability Control)

VOLVO

DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control)

VOLKSWAGEN

ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program)

The above list is not exhaustive, other manufacturer-specific symbols or acronyms may also be acceptable if the certifier is satisfied that the lamp refers to an ESC system.

However, a tell-tale indicator with the letters 'TC' or 'Traction Control' is not an indication of ESC fitment and cannot be accepted as such. The Transport Agency is aware of a letter provided by a Land Rover dealer erroneously stating that vehicles with 'TC' tell-tales are fitted with a form of ESC. This letter cannot be accepted as evidence of ESC fitment.

Identification of an ESC fault

An ESC fault is normally identified by the tell-tale indicator lamp not extinguishing at the conclusion of the self-check process initiated when the vehicle’s ignition is switched on.

Note 1

Similar to frontal impact and emissions requirements 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 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.

Page amended 1 November 2017 (see amendment details)
Page updated 7 May 2018 (see details)