4 Technical bulletins
3 Vehicles modified to change vehicle class
Vehicle inspection requirements manual references
This bulletin gives guidance to vehicle inspectors in determining vehicle class as defined in the VIRM: Entry certification:
This bulletin applies to vehicles undergoing entry certification in New Zealand that have been modified in such a way that the class of vehicle may have changed from when it was manufactured.
The vehicle inspector must determine the original class of the vehicle, as it was manufactured.
The vehicle inspector must determine whether or not the vehicle complied with legal requirements for entering service in New Zealand, in its original condition (as manufactured).
If the vehicle did not comply with New Zealand legal requirements when it was manufactured, it cannot be certified for entry into New Zealand as another vehicle class.
- For example, an MA class vehicle that did not comply with a frontal impact standard could not be certified as an NA class vehicle.
If the vehicle complied with New Zealand legal requirements in its original condition, the vehicle inspector must determine whether or not the modified vehicle complies with legal requirements for vehicles operating in-service in New Zealand.
If a vehicle has modifications that exceed the low volume vehicle (LVV) or heavy vehicle thresholds, it must undergo LVV or HVS certification according to its new class, or be re-configured back to manufacturer’s specifications.
The vehicle should be recorded in LANDATA as its original new class. A note must be added to the vehicle record, stating that vehicle modifications have resulted in a change of class (and identify the previous class).
Page amended 1 June 2019 (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