Special interest vehicles
As from April 2010, the rules for importing a left-hand-drive vehicle
changed. For certain LHD models aged under 20 years of age, no longer
must you own it overseas for 90 days or otherwise convert it to
RHD. Instead, provided the car meets certain criteria, you can apply
for a Special Interest Vehicle permit.
A Special Interest Vehicle, or SIV, refers to those enthusiast
vehicles, aged under 20 years, which currently cannot be imported
into NZ because they don't comply with certain regulations all other
imports have to meet, namely the Steering Systems Rule (LHD vehicles)
and Frontal Impact Rule (left or right hand drive). Eligible vehicles
must meet 3 of the following 4 criteria:
- the vehicle is a coupe or convertible;
- it is a high-performance vehicle;
- the make and model was manufactured in annual volumes of 20,000
- the vehicle is identified as a collector's item in approved
car magazines or websites.
And for LHD vehicles, the model must also not have been produced
Want to know more? This
article explains all.
To find out how to apply for an SIV permit, read this NZTA factsheet.
For LHD vehicles, refer to this document
for more information on obtaining a (Category A) SIV permit, or
download the SIV
application form. For a list of LHD models that have been
approved to date, click here.
For background questions and answers on the amendment to the Steering
Systems Rule (for LHD), click here.
More information is also available on the NZ
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