Low-emissions economy: read the FOMCs submission
on the Productivity Commission's 2018 draft report on transitioning
to a low-emissions economy and what it means for transport and the
future of fossil fuels.
Setting of Speed Limits 2017: The FOMC submission
supports the new process for reviewing speed limits, and introducing
a 110km/h limit on some motorways and expressways.
ACC Motor Vehicle Levies 2017-19: read our
submission on the annual review of motor vehicle levies, from
now on covering a two-year period. ACC are proposing an average
17% reduction in vehicle levies, including cutting petrol tax by
0.9 cents per litre.
Omnibus Amendment 2016: This submission
covers proposals to exempt cars registered before 1990 from needing
hi-stop brake lights (which we support), plus a proposal to require
external door handles to be retro-fitted (which we oppose).
ACC Motor Vehicle Levies 2015-16: ACC are proposing a 40% reduction
in levies for most motor vehicles, including vintage. But the reduction
in levy for cars under 40 years will vary according to safety rating.
It also proposed cutting ACC petrol tax by 4c/litre, which the FOMC
submission opposed as
its fairer to multiple vehicle owners for more ACC to be collected
from fuel, and less from annual rego fees.
Incorporated Society Bill: read our submission
on changes to the rules governing incorporated societies.
Light Vehicle Brakes Amendment Rule: this rule proposes
to make ESC mandatory on all new and used light vehicles being imported
into NZ (phased in from 2015-2020 depending on vehicle type). The
supports the rule, which exempts SIVs and vehicles over 20 years,
but we suggested low volume or scratch-built vehicles needed to
be exempt too.
RUC admin and vehicle certification fee review: submission
on amending NZTA admin fees
ACC Motor Vehicle levies 2014-15: Next year ACC are proposing
reductions in levies for utes/vans and vintage vehicles. But for
passenger vehicles under 40 years of age, they are proposing graduated
levies according to risk, with the least safe vehicles getting no
levy reduction. Although the FOMC welcomes lower levies for vintage
cars, our submission
expressed concern that classic cars under 40, and some SIVs, may
be unfairly penalised.
Vehicle Compliance Amendment Rule: this Rule implements
changes to the WoF frequency for all light vehicles first registered
after 2000. It also seeks feedback on the appropriate inspection
frequency for 'vintage' and 'veteran' vehicles. Read our submission
Road User Charges amendments: read our submission
on amendments to RUC regulations, including introducing a new 'vintage'
category for heavy vehicles (with reduced fees).
Road User Amendment Rule: This submission
relates to changes to raise the minimum age for using a child booster
seat, which includes banning children from driving unrestrained
in trucks built after 1955.
Vehicle Licensing Reform: the government is proposing changes
to the WoF, CoF and annual vehicle licensing systems ('rego'), including
reviewing the frequency of inspections. The FOMC surveyed club members,
and our submission recommended reducing the WoF frequency for vehicles
over 30 to once a year. Click to read our submission
or our press release.
Exhaust Emissions Rule 2012: this amendment Rule mainly
applies to new and late-model imports, but proposes to replace the
current pre-1990 exemption for older vehicles with a rolling 20-year
exemption, which the FOMC submission
Agricultural Transport Legislation: read the FOMC's submission
on this MoT discussion document which proposes to relax licensing,
speed restricitons, and WoF/CoF requirements for agricultural machinery.
Our subsequent submission on associated Land Transport Rule changes
can be read here.
Road User Rule 2011: the main proposal in this Rule is a repeal
of the give way rule which required left-turning traffic to give
way to the right - from late March 2012 left-turning traffic will
have a free turn at uncontrolled intersections or intersections
controlled by the same signs or signals. Rules at T-intersections
will also change, with traffic on the terminating road now giving
way to traffic on the through road. The FOMC supported these changes;
read our submission here.
Omnibus Amendment Rule 2011: FOMC submission
on miscellaneous Rule changes which includes a proposal to allow
breakaway brakes to be fitted to light trailers (like caravans),
which was proposed by the FOMC and Motor Caravan Association.
Road User Charges Bill: Key proposals in the RUC Bill
include a change in the definition of vehicle weight for the purposes
of calculating RUC (to the lesser of the vehicle manufacturers
GVM or the maximum allowable mass), as well as abolishing time licenses.
These changes have particular impacts on motorhomes, farm machinery
and vintage commercials, which are discussed in the FOMC's submission.
For our submission on the subsequent MoT discussion document proposing
the new RUC weights and vehicle types, click here.
Driver Licensing Rule Amendment: this Rule proposes to strengthen
motorcycle licensing and create a new moped licence requiring all
riders to upgrade from a car licence. For a copy of our submission,
Passenger Service Vehicles: FOMC submission
on proposals to amend the PSV construction rules.
ACC motor vehicle levy consultation 2011/12: minor changes are
proposed to next year's levies, mainly raising the petrol tax and
reducing the licence levy. For more details, read our submission.
Lighting Amendment Rule 2011: this rule proposes some minor
technical amendments and mandatory brake lights and indicators on
all new light trailers. Read our submission here.
ACC motor vehicle levy consultation 2010/11: ACC proposed raising
the levies for motor vehicles, with motorcycles in particular facing
large increases between 200-300%. For the FOMC's comments on these
plans, click here.
Road Safety Strategy 2020: read our submission
on the Ministry of Transport's strategy to improve road safety,
which includes proposals to reduce the drink-drive limit, raise
the minimum driving age, and require WoFs for mopeds, amongst many
Land Transport Enforcement Powers Bill: also known as the "anti-cruising"
Bill, this and its sister "crushing" Bill amend and enhance
current 'boy racer' legislation. Under this Bill, it is proposed
to prohibit "cruising", and the Federation of Motoring
argued this could prohibit legitimate car club events, rallies or
parades, and we recommended changing the wording in the Bill so
that enforcement of any bylaw only applied to a night-time curfew.
Biofuels: FOMC submission
on the government Bill which mandates biofuel blends into retail
fuels (ethanol in petrol, or biodiesel). Older (carb-fed) cars are
not compatible with ethanol, yet this Bill may introduce ethanol
in all petrol grades. Read our detailed analysis
of what it means for owners of classic vehicles (please note,
the Biofuel Bill has since been repealed, but retail sales will
Road User Rule: the FOMC's submission
commented on proposals to prohibit the use of hand-held cellphones
while driving, parking on grass verges, and mandating the use of
motorcycle lights during the daytime.
Vehicle Equipment (Noise) Rule: read our submission
on this Rule - which proposes stricter standards on exhaust noise
- and how it will affect not only 'boy racers' in modified Jap-imports,
but also those with factory muscle cars.
Compulsory Third Party Vehicle Insurance: this Ministry
of Transport proposal affects all motorists, whether you already
have insurance or not. Read the FOMC's submission here.
Download a PDF copy of the MoT's discussion document here.
Steering Systems Rule: this Rule will apply the new Special
Interest Vehicle criteria to late-model left-hand-drive cars, to
make it easier to import them without having to convert to RHD.
Click here for
the Federation of Motoring Club's submission on the draft proposal.
Frontal Impact Amendment: details of the Federation of Motoring
Clubs submission on the review of the Frontal Impact Amendment Rule,
which created a Unique Collectible Vehicle category
(now referred to as Special Interest Vehicle), are contained here.
Vehicle Equipment (Immobilisers) Rule: read our submission
on the Rule to require immobilisers to be fitted to all new and
used cars imported after a certain date.
Traction Engines Rule: FOMC comments
on proposed new operational requirements for traction engines.
Vehicle Exhaust Emissions Rule: FOMC comments
on the 2007 review of the Vehicle Exhaust Emissions Rule, which
introduces minimum emissions standards for used-imports for the
first time (commencing in 2008), but exempts light vehicles built
Fuel Consumption Information Rule: read the FOMCs
on the LTNZ proposal to mandate the collection of fuel economy data
for all future new/used imported cars.
Operator Licensing Amendment: FOMC submission
on the amendment to the Operator Licensing Rule, which prohibits
using special interest vehicles in a commercial service
e.g. wedding hire or rental.
Tyres & Wheels Rule: click here
for our comments on this Rule which proposes tighter controls on
the use of snow tyres.
Dangerous Goods: read our submission
on restrictions for carrying small quantities of fuel.