4 Technical bulletins
26 Special interest vehicles
- Under Land Transport Rule: Frontal Impact Amendment 2008 and Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions 2007, a class MA vehicle is not required to comply with an approved frontal impact standard or exhaust emissions standard if it is granted a special interest vehicle permit.
- Under Land Transport Rule: Light Vehicle Brakes 2002, special interest vehicles are not rrequired to meet electronic stability control requirements if it is granted a special interest vehicle permit.
- Under Land Transport Rule: Light Vehicle Brakes 2002, class LC, LD and LE vehicles are not required to meet advanced brake systems requirements if it is granted a special interest motorcycle permit.
This document applies to any used or parallel-imported vehicle that is undergoing entry certification in New Zealand, which has been granted a special interest vehicle (SIV) or special interest motorcycle (SIMC) permit and is appropriate for certification to enter service in New Zealand.
Obtaining special interest vehicle and special interest motorcycle permits
To obtain an SIV or SIMC permit, an applicant must:
1. apply to the Transport Agency before the vehicle is certified for entry into service in New Zealand; and
2. pay the appropriate fees (if any) specified in accordance with regulations made under the Act.
All applications must have the applicant’s declarations witnessed by an entry certifier. The complete application with all the supporting evidence is then sent to the Transport Agency by the entry certifier.
Special interest vehicle permits
A special interest vehicle permit may be issued if:
- the Transport Agency considers that the vehicle will be owned as a collector’s item, and it:
a) is of historic value; or
b) meets three of the four qualifying criteria set out below
- the applicant:
a) is a New Zealand citizen or resident, and
b) has another vehicle for primary use that is a class MA, MB, MC or NA vehicle registered in the applicant’s name, leased by the applicant or is a company car, and
c) has not been issued with a special interest vehicle permit in the last two years, and does not have any other special interest vehicle registered in his/her name, and
d) has submitted a complete and correct application, including a signed declaration, and
e) has paid the appropriate fees (if any) specified in accordance with regulations made under the Act.
To meet qualifying criteria for a special interest vehicle permit, the applicant must provide evidence that the vehicle meets at least three of the following requirements:
1. The vehicle (or its make, model and sub-model) is identified as being a collector’s item in one of the following magazines, or its respective website (Note 2):
a) Australian Classic Car
b) Car and Driver (US)
c) Automobile (US)
d) MOTOR (Australia)
e) Motor Trend (US)
f) New Zealand Autocar
g) New Zealand Classic Car
h) Road and Track (US)
i) Top Gear (UK)
j) Top Gear NZ
k) Unique Cars (Australia)
l) Wheels (Australia).
2. The vehicle’s make and model has been (or was) manufactured in annual volumes of 20,000 units or less
3. The vehicle is, and was manufactured as:
a) a two-door coupe, or
b) a convertible
4. The vehicle is, or was, manufactured as a high-performance vehicle.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of magazines in which special interest vehicles feature, but a list of magazines in which any special vehicle is expected to feature.
Conditions for special interest vehicle permits
1. The NZTA may not issue more than 200 special interest vehicle permits in any calendar year.
2. A special interest vehicle permit ceases to be valid if the vehicle is not inspected at the border or certified for entry within six months of the date of issue.
A special interest vehicle permit that ceases to be valid in the calendar year it was issued will not be counted as part of the quota of 200 per annum.
Special interest motorcycle permits
A special interest motorcycle permit may be issued if the applicant:
a) is a New Zealand citizen or resident, and
b) has another vehicle for primary use that is a class LC, LD, LE, MA, MB, MC or NA vehicle registered in the applicant’s name, leased by the applicant or is a company car, and
c) has not been issued with a special interest motorcycle permit in the last two years, and
d) does not have any other special interest motorcycle registered in his/her name, and
e) has submitted a complete and correct application, including a signed declaration, and
f) has paid the appropriate fees (if any) specified in accordance with regulations made under the Act.
Qualifying criteria for special interest motorcycle permits
- the Transport Agency considers that the motorcycle will be owned as a collector’s item, and:
- it is of historic value, or
- The vehicle’s make and model has been (or was) manufactured in annual volumes of 20,000 units or less and was not manufactured with either an antilock braking system or combined braking system
Conditions for special interest motorcycle permits
1. The NZTA may not issue more than 100 special interest motorcycle permits in any calendar year.
2. A special interest motorcycle ceases to be valid if the vehicle is not inspected at the border or certified for entry within six months of the date of issue.
A special interest motorcycle permit that ceases to be valid in the calendar year it was issued will not be counted as part of the quota of 100 per annum.
The following flowchart explains the procedure for processing a special interest vehicle for entry certification.
Step 1 – Documentation
SIVs and SIMCs must still meet those standards applicable to the vehicle (according to age, etc).
The VIRM: Entry certification details the standards a vehicle and its components are required to meet. See Inspection & certification Table 1-1-3 (Inspection & certification section 1-1) for methods to demonstrate compliance with required standards.
Where compliance with an approved standard cannot be proven by these methods, the following methods are acceptable alternatives:
- visual confirmation and recording of standards for items such as lighting, glazing, tyres and so on.
- low volume vehicle (LVV) certification for modified components, such as brakes, steering and suspension.
- a letter of exemption from the NZTA for specific items not covered above. Application forms for exemptions can be obtained from the NZTA website.
Step 2 – Submit to the Transport Agency for processing
The application and documentation for a special interest vehicle permit must be submitted to:
NZ Transport Agency
Private Bag 11777
Palmerston North 4442
A letter advising of the result (approve or decline) will be sent to the entry certifier for forwarding to the applicant.
Step 3 – Compliance inspection
SIVs and SIMCs must be inspected according to the requirements outlined in the VIRM: Entry certification.
If a vehicle has been modified, it must have LVV certification.
If there is evidence of previous structural repairs or structural damage to a vehicle, it must be referred to a repair certifier for inspection and certification.
Step 4 – MR2A completion and vehicle registration
1. Any original letters must be sighted, copied and returned to the vehicle owner.
2. If the vehicle has been issued a special interest vehicle permit and does not meet an approved frontal impact standard and/or exhaust emissions standard, the following note must be recorded in the LANDATA notes screen:
‘Vehicle must remain registered in the name of >vehicle owner< for at least four years from
the date of first registration in New Zealand’.
The owner’s name must match the name shown on the permit.
If the vehicle does not meet an approved frontal impact standard, the FIS (frontal impact standard) field must be set to >N<.
3. Update LANDATA with special permit code SP.
4. The MR2A must be completed and printed in the name of the person registering the vehicle. This must be the same as the name shown on any exemption letter.
5. The vehicle must be registered in the name of the person registering the vehicle before a warrant of fitness can be issued.
If an entry certifier wishes to deviate from these instructions, written approval from the Transport Agency must be obtained.
Page amended 1 April 2020 (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