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Farm Vehicles & Machinery
Agricultural vehicle changes looming nearer
Changes to the transport laws regulating the
on-road use of agricultural vehicles such as
tractors and combine harvesters will come
into effect on 1 June 2013 (except for a change
to the warrant of fitness inspection frequency,
which takes effect on 11 November 2013).
Agricultural vehicles registered from
1 June 2013 will be required to use
a flashing amber beacon when
operating on-road, to alert other
road users to their presence.
The changes are designed to
align driver licensing, work time
restrictions and vehicle inspec-
tion requirements for agricultural
vehicles used on-road to a two-tier
system depending on whether or
not the vehicle exceeds a 40km/h
Agricultural vehicles not exceeding
40 km/h will be exempt from warrant
of fitness requirements, but still need
to be maintained in a roadworthy
condition. These vehicles can be
driven by holders of a restricted car
licence, and are exempt from work
Agricultural vehicles that exceed 40
km/h will need to obtain an annual
warrant of fitness, and would need
to be driven by the holder of an
agricultural endorsement or Class 2
Car licence holders with an
agricultural endorsement will be
able to drive a greater range of
agricultural vehicles once they prove
they have the skills to do so.
In the interim, the wheels endorse-
ment will be widened to serve the
same purpose as the agricultural
endorsement. The agricultural
endorsement itself will be imple-
mented once the review of driver
licensing schedule for next year is
complete and the status of
endorsements is clarified.
Agricultural vehicles registered
from 1 June 2013 will be required
to use a flashing amber beacon
when operating on-road, to alert
other road users to their presence.
Other changes would improve and
simplify the rules around pilot
vehicles, work time variation
schemes, hazard identification and
Some changes affecting agricult-
ural vehicles have also been made
as part of Road User Charges
These changes are the result of a
review of the law regulating
agricultural vehicles led by the
Ministry, with input from the NZ
Transport Agency, NZ Police and
the Department of Labour.
Consultation on a Ministry position
paper which set out potential
areas for change occurred in April
and May 2012. The Ministry
received 43 submissions from
individual farmers, contractors,
and road users as well as the
agricultural industry, road trans-
port and organisations represen-
ting road users.
In August 2012, Cabinet agreed to
progress a number of actions to
improve the regulation of agricult-
ural vehicles. The NZ Transport
Agency consulted on the Land
Transport Rule: Agricultural Vehicle
Omnibus 2012, with submissions
closing on Friday 30 November
Sourced from transport.govt.nz
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