Feedback sought on proposed driver licence changes

NZTA is asking for submissions on proposed changes to the driver licensing system. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

The NZ Transport Agency is calling for submissions on proposed changes to New Zealand’s driver licensing system.

The proposed changes, outlined in the draft Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2019 being released for consultation, include reducing the frequency of mandatory eyesight checks and rationalising heavy vehicle licence classes.

Road Safety Director Harry Wilson says the proposed reduction in the frequency of eyesight testing would allow the Transport Agency to set up an online system that will give people a quick and simple way to renew their licences.

“Good vision is important for safe driving. However, both international and domestic research suggests that eyesight testing at every stage of the licensing process, as currently required in New Zealand, doesn’t improve road safety outcomes and adds extra time, complexity and cost to the process for drivers,” says Harry.

“The new approach being proposed – requiring an eyesight check when a licence is first obtained, when drivers renew for the first time after age 45, and each time they renew after age 75 – would more closely align the frequency of vision testing in New Zealand with countries with good road safety performance like Sweden, Australia, Finland and Canada.”

The proposed changes to heavy licensing include simplifying the progression from Class 2 to Class 5 licences while at the same time strengthening testing and supervision requirements to improve road safety.

Other changes proposed in the rule change include removing the need for licence endorsements for specialist vehicles like forklifts, and improving the Transport Agency’s oversight of approved driver licensing course providers.

Further details on the proposed changes, and information on how to make a submission are available on the Transport Agency’s website at www.nzta.govt.nz/dlr-consultation




3 Comments

HOW LONG HAS IT TAKEN !!

Posted on 22-03-2019 21:28 | By The Caveman

“Good vision is important for safe driving. However, both international and domestic research suggests that eyesight testing at every stage of the licensing process, as currently required in New Zealand, doesn’t improve road safety outcomes and adds extra time, complexity and cost to the process for drivers,” says Harry. " Huh. how many drivers have spent hundreds of dollars on EYE tests when the NZTA machines said they were BLIND, and the Opticians tests said they had 20/20 vision !!!

Proposed driver licence changes

Posted on 22-03-2019 12:02 | By Val.M

I think that is a great idea about the ete tests. Would not only be quicker for staff but also easier for the drivers!

OFF ROAD DRIVER TRAINING FACILITIES PLEASE

Posted on 22-03-2019 10:22 | By Murray.Guy

NATIONWIDE OFF ROAD DRIVER TRAINING FACILITIES long overdue! All vehicle types and combinations, all weather and conditions, road surfaces. Car licensing not to include trailer unless endorsed (boat, caravan, rubbish, etc). RE: Speed restrictions: ALL VEHICLES the same. The present differential for trucks, buses contributes to driver frustration, dangerous over taking.

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