Changes to Class 1 licence restrictions - effective 1 April 2012

07 Oct 2011 1:30 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

The Right Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister of Transport has recently signed into law, changes to the Class 1 drivers license. Under existing law you may only drive a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4500 kg or less on a car license. Your Gross Laden Weight (GLW) and your Gross Combined Weight (GCW) may not exceed 4500 kg as well.

Most fishermen and campervan owners in NZ were in violation of the law on a daily basis with many exceeding the 4500 kg tolerance. This breach was never really enforced however there was always a black cloud of uncertainty hanging over the class 1 driver.

As of April 1, 2012 you will be able to drive a vehicle with a GVM of 6000 kg or less on a class 1 license. You will also be able to load to the full 6 tons and your GCW may also be 6000 kg or less.

This law change will give the commercial transport operator ability to carry a little more product and hopefully be more productive. The recreational user will no longer have to worry about whether he or she requires a class 2 license to tow the family boat.

The only restriction is on a Class 1 Restricted or Learners license where the driver may not exceed 4500 kg whether it is Gross Laden Weight or Gross Combined Weight

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