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Operating/Driving a commercial vehicle (eg truck, bus, taxi, app-based passenger service)

I operate an essential service vehicle and my CoF is expiring – what do I do?

We are currently working with Ministry of Transport to put in place formal regulation relating to CoFs during the Level 4 Alert Period. This includes the following detail:

  • Obtaining a CoF is regarded as an essential trip for vehicles involved in essential services, and their supply chains, during Alert Level 4.
  • Essential services can request and be provided with CoF services, including any maintenance or repairs required.
  • During the period of Alert Level 4, an expired CoF on a vehicle used for essential services will be deemed current, if it is impractical for it to be renewed.
  • If driving an essential service vehicle without a current CoF, operators and drivers continue to have responsibilities to ensure the vehicle is safe for operating.
  • Repairs needed to make a vehicle safe to carry out an essential service, are themselves an essential service and can be commissioned and carried out.

More information is available on the Ministry of Transport website.

Ministry of Transport(external link)

You can renew your CoF at several VTNZ and VINZ sites around the country (available on their websites) or check with your local provider if they are available on an appointment only basis.

Please note that at all locations, there are requirements you need to follow for an essential vehicle inspection to be carried out.

VTNZ locations for essential vehicle inspections(external link)
VINZ locations for essential vehicle inspections(external link)

I drive a heavy vehicle for an essential service. Do I still need to keep my logbook up to date and take regular breaks?

Yes. Maintaining safety and ensuring you are not fatigued is critical at all times and you must continue to fulfil the work time obligations set out for heavy vehicle drivers and operators. Although there will be less traffic on our roads, please obey the speed limits and drive safely to keep the network flowing smoothly.

Can I still get entry certification for my vehicle?

Both VTNZ and VINZ are providing entry certification for essential service vehicles only.

If you vehicle is not for use as an essential service, you will need to wait until business returns to normal before obtaining entry certification.

A certification (LT400) on my heavy vehicle is about to expire. Can I get it recertified?

If your vehicle is being used for essential services, you can get your LT400 recertified. Heavy vehicle specialist certifiers (HVSCs) are part of the support for essential services and a list is available on our website. Some HVSCs may not be able to move out of self-isolation so please be prepared to find an alternative HVSC from the person you usually use.
HVSC list(external link)(external link)

I don’t operate an essential service and am not currently using my vehicle. The CoF is about to expire – how can I renew it to ensure the vehicle is ready when operation returns to normal?

We are currently working with Ministry of Transport to put in place formal regulation relating to CoFs during the Level 4 Alert Period. This includes the following detail:

  • If you are not operating/driving an essential service obtaining a new CoF is not regarded as an essential trip during Alert Level 4 and your vehicle should be parked up.
  • Due to the inability to obtain a new CoF at this time, for the period of Alert Level 4, all expired CoFs will be deemed current.

More information is available on the Ministry of Transport website.

Ministry of Transport(external link)

My driver licence is about to expire, can I still drive?

We are currently working with Ministry of Transport to put in place formal regulation relating to driver licenses during the Level 4 Alert Period. Please check our website regularly for updates.

I’ve lost my licence or it’s been stolen, what should I do?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the company who manufacture driver licences are currently closed. Please contact us again when services return to normal.

If I pay for my vehicle re-licensing (rego) online, will the label be printed and posted to me?

The printing of labels remains unchanged. However, there may be a delay in NZ Post delivery schedules. Our advice is to keep your email notification once you have paid for your rego. Should you receive a ticket, you should complete the form with your reason for not displaying the label and provide your email confirmation when you respond to the Police Infringement Bureau or local government.

Licence and endorsement applications are still being processed but there are delays due to our teams now working remotely. Please visit our website for the current processing times which will be updated weekly.

If you have questions related to a Transport Service Licence application, please email TSL@nzta.govt.nz.

If you have any questions related to a passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor or testing officer endorsement, please email  pvio@nzta.govt.nz.

Please note: there may be a delay in NZ Post delivery schedules which impacts when you receive your licence/label/ID card.

Current application processing times(external link)

Can I still get permits or an extension of a permit for my heavy vehicle?

Our permitting team is currently processing 50max permits within the usual time frame. Regional permits currently take 20-30 working days and cannot be extended at this time.

Can I get a CoF for the school bus I drive?

If school buses are not needed for the delivery of truly essential services then they should stay parked up, with staff safely in isolation. CoF stations should be visited only by those who need vehicles for essential services.

Are you granting any extensions to expiring driver licenses or P Endorsements?

We are currently assessing this option and will update our website and notify the industry of any changes.

 

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