Left Hand Drive Campaign Updates
The updates below outline the progress of the campaign to
liberalise the import and registation restrictions on LHD performance and
collectable cars 2004 to 2010.
Update 35: 27July 2010
Dear Left Hand Drive
People who are looking to
purchase a left hand drive vehicle or any vehicle that is not yet registered and
needs to go through compliance,
need to make sure their intended vehicle meets all current rules including
current emission rule standards.
The Steering Systems Rule is just one of the rules that you have to meet as far
as left hand drive vehicles are concerned.
Under the emission rule certain exemptions are granted if the vehicle was
manufactured prior to 1 January 1990 or meets the
Special Interest Vehicle Criteria ( SIV) as defined in the Frontal Impact Rule.
Please refer to the rules attached.
We recommend that you work closely with one of the TSD agents such a VINZ and do
your home work first before purchasing a vehicle.
You can also apply to NZTA for a permit before you purchase a vehicle to make
sure that your intended vehicle meets the criteria.
Click the links below to
download the Vehicle Emissions or Frontal Impact Rules
Update 34: 18 July 2010
Dear Left Hand Drive
Here is some information
that might be of use for permit applicants,
Article on how to apply for a Category A-LHD permit and
List of approved Category A- LHD vehicles
(Updated 16 Aug 10)
Update 33: 30 March 2010
Dear Left Hand Drive
After a 6 ½ year campaign for fairer
rules around registering a late model left hand drive vehicle and ensuring the
right to continue to register an older than 20 year old LHD vehicle for use on
NZ roads, we are pleased to advise that the final rule has now been signed off
and comes into force 1 April 2010. Please refer to these information links.
Questions & Answers:
New fact sheets and forms will be available from NZTA and its agents after 1
This has been a campaign of consistency, building public awareness, consultation
and relationship building at many levels. Fair to say we LHD enthusiasts were
finally able to have a real say in the final outcome. Through collaboration with
the authorities we were able to negotiate parameters around the new rule. We
didn’t get everything that we wanted, but we now have the ability to register up
to 500 newer LHD special interest vehicles subject to meeting the new criteria
per annum. This is 500 late model LHD vehicles per annum, that will not be
forced to have an expensive RHD conversion or force people to live away overseas
for more than 90 days in order to register their LHD car for use on NZ roads.
This means that more LHD enthusiasts will be able to afford their dream car.
From 1 April 2010 the 90 day rule is gone, that was designed for immigrants
bringing in vehicles and those rules have also changed. In the absence of this
campaign it is most likely that no newer LHD vehicles would have been allowed to
be registered in NZ until they were at least 20 years old.
Rules around the older than 20 years old LHD vehicles have also been relaxed and
If you are in the process of bringing in a LHD vehicle under the 90 day rule we
understand that NZTA will look at each case on its own merits. You should
contact NZTA if this affects you.
History: We had to work with 3 transport agencies and their restructuring, LTSA,
LTNZ and now the NZTA, two different Governments, their agendas and two
different Transport Ministers. We needed to work through 3 pieces of legislation
to get special interest vehicles included being, Frontal Impact Rule, Emissions
Rule and finally the Steering Systems Rule.
The LHDEF is working on a system of compliance for SIV vehicles with VINZ and we
will keep you updated in due course on this.
We wish to thank the following people for their efforts;
Jeff Tobin and Neville Barton Auckland Mustang Owners Club. Tom Ireland Capital
Corvettes. Graeme Morris Ferrari Owners Club. Bob Davies Senior Chief Traffic
Officer ( Retired) Peter Parnell ex- LTSA, James Smith American Classic Car, Rae
Simpson, Taranaki Mustang Owners, Gerry Hodges BMW Owners, Rob Scott American
Muscle Car Club, Bruce “Bruzer” Moulden Pukekohe Hot Rod club, Graeme Letica
(deceased) Buick Owners, Colleen Inwood Cadillac La Salle, Ronn Ward NSRA, Nick
Huljich Military Vehicles, these were the members that made up the LHDEF.
We thank the NZ Federation of Motoring Clubs, Mark Stockdale AA, Tony Johnson at
LVVTA and Frank Willett at VINZ. We would also like to thank the previous Labour
Party Minister of Transport Safety, Harry Duynhoven and National’s Hon Maurice
Williamson MP together with Hon John Key Prime Minister and Hon Steven Joyce
current Transport Minister for their support and confidence.
From the Ministry of Transport a special thanks to Dom Kalasih ( now Shell), Leo
Mortimer and Russell Brown and from NZTA Stuart Worden and Dave Robson.
Special thanks to Scott Hoag MRT (USA)
and Lisa Hoag FORD Motor Company (USA).
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to write or lend their name to the
support of this and for those clubs and individuals that donated some money for
Last but certainly not least a huge thank you to the webmaster of this great
site Wal Marshall who has given his time and resources without question in
helping us get this campaign going and moving forward. This has been a team
Never limit the unlimited………or in the words of Henry Ford “If you think you can
or cant’, you are right”.
Good luck and happy safe motoring to you all.
Update 32: 7 March 2010
Dear Left Hand Drive
This is a short interim
update to advise that the rule process has now progressed to end stage but is
not in force yet. A full detailed update will be posted in a few weeks.
Internal processes etc are still being worked through, so we ask you to be just
a little more patient.
We will keep you informed. Watch this space. LHDEF
Update 31: 24 December 2009
Dear Left Hand Drive
We asked the Ministry for
yet another update on progress. They advise that despite many delays, Land
Transport Rule Steering Systems Amendment 2009 is still on track and is expected
to come into force with the next introduction of land transport rules in April
(or possibly May 2010 ).
Update 30: 16 October 2009
Dear Left Hand Drive
We asked the Ministry for
another update on progress.
The Ministry of Transport
advise that the Steering System Amendment Rule 2009 is tracking for presentation
to the Minister of Transport and Cabinet before the end of the year. This means
that when signed off the Rule will likely not come into effect until sometime in
the New Year. We have been advised that the Minister is looking to sign off on
new rules only a couple of times per year. We do not recommend the importation
of any late model LHD vehicle deemed a Special Interest Vehicle until the Rule
is signed off, comes into law and we know what the final outcome is. You can
then make an informed decision based on fact. There have been many priority
projects taking up the Ministry’s time, for example cell phone legislation,
patience is the key. Any new news will be posted here. Thank you.
Keep LEFT, Best LEFT alone. LHDEF.
Update 29: 23 June 2009
Dear Left Hand Drive
We asked the Ministry for
an update on progress and received the bullet points below:
final drafting of the Steering Systems Amendment Rule is going smoothly. There
were a few issues and inconsistencies arising from the wording of the draft that
was consulted on. We have resolved these and are also hoping to make the
conditions for applying for a Category A permit (LHD special interest vehicle) a
little less restrictive.
Unfortunately this process, has meant that the
rule will not come into force at the end of July as we had expected.
It is now expected that this Rule, along with several others, will be with the
Minister for his consideration within the next few months.
Update 28: 24 March 2009
Dear Left Hand Drive
We have been advised that there
are a couple of issues to resolve on this Rule but there is nothing that will
delay this rule to any notable extent. The people working on the Rule are not
involved in the illegal street racing issue so that is not a factor. It is
expected that Cabinet will consider the Steering Systems Rule in late June with
the intention that it will come into force in late July 2009.
We will keep you all updated accordingly. Thank you. Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts
Update 27: 22 February 2009
Dear Left Hand Drive
With the election and
Government priorities there has been no quick movement on the legislation to
report. Currently the final wording for the proposed Steering System Amendment
Rule (left hand drive rule) is being finalised between Ministry of Transport and
NZTA for presentation to the new Transport Minister Steven Joyce. As previously
advised the current rules expire 30 June, we have been advised that the new rule
must be in place by then. A complicating factor may be the boy racer legislation
which has moved to the political forefront due to media coverage of an incident
in Christchurch. This has heightened public awareness of any initiatives around
car enthusiasts which is disappointing as the genuine car enthusiast and “boy
racer” fraternity are poles apart. As soon as things change we will post a
further update. We do however caution on buying or importing a vehicle on the
belief that the new LHD import rules will pass into legislation as anticipated.
Thanks for your patience and support. The LHDEF Team
Update 26: 27 August 2008
Dear Left Hand Drive
The submissions for the yellow draft (See
links below) of the Steering System Amendment Rule closed on 21 August 2008. The
proposed Category A exemption for LHD Special Interest Vehicles or SIV’s was
almost the same that has been signed off for SIV’s under the Frontal Impact and
Emissions rules. The major differences being that the proposed annual quota for
Left Hand Drive SIV’s is up from the 200 per annum quota under Frontal Impact to
an annual quota of 500 LHD SIV’s per annum. That is for LHD vehicles less than
20 years of age. A further criteria is that the LHD vehicle has not been made in
right hand drive by the original manufacturer.
The category B exemption which is for LHD
vehicles greater than 20 years of age remains for the most part unchanged.
The baggage exemption, or what is more
commonly known as the 90 day rule will be removed. This exemption was originally
written for immigrants and it has been decided that if an immigrant vehicle
doesn’t meet the exemption criteria then an immigrant can purchase a RHD vehicle
The LHDEF, NZFOMC, AA and LVVTA have all given
support for the proposed changes and made recommendations for some minor changes
to improve the processing of future exemption applications. This bodes well for
a very positive outcome for what has been a 5 year campaign by some dedicated
LHD enthusiasts to influence a positive outcome on the Steering System Amendment
Rule for all LHD enthusiasts in NZ.
The current Steering Amendment Rules expires
in June 2009, so the new rules need to be signed off by then. Please note
that the LHD rules have not yet changed. The yellow draft and its
submissions are now considered by NZTA and a final draft written which will be
put before the minister for signing off. We don’t know when this will happen and
remember there is an election around the corner. We will keep you posted.
Click here for the
LTNZ overview (PDF)
for the yellow draft (PDF)
Click here for the LHDEF submission. (PDF)
Click here for the Automobile Association- AA submission.
Click here for the
NZ Federation of Motoring Clubs (FOMC) website link to see their submission.
Thank you for your continued support and
The LHDEF, (Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts
Federation). Best LEFT alone, Keep LEFT, Keep it LEFT
Update 25: 21 April 2008
To all LHD enthusiasts and
Further to our December 2007 and
previous updates, we can now advise that the Frontal Impact Rule has now been
signed off by Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven and comes into force on
8 May 2008. Included in the Frontal Impact rule is the Special Interest
Vehicles (SIV) exemption.
Some Q and A’s for the Frontal
Impact Rule including SIV are noted here:
You can keep up to speed on
motoring issues including SIV on the Federation of Motoring Clubs website here :
The Steering Rule yellow draft which incorporates the left hand drive vehicle
importation and registration rules, is scheduled for release and comment by
stakeholders in June 2008. Members of the Federation of Motoring Clubs (FOMC)
and Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation (LHDEF) met with Ministry of
Transport and Land Transport officials Wednesday 16th April in Wellington. We
have been advised that the Yellow Rule will propose that over 20 year old LHD
vehicle rules will remain as is. And that the SIV criteria will be incorporated
into the Steering Rule for late model LHD vehicle registration. There will be an
additional LHD-SIV criteria, being the vehicle has not been made in Right Hand
Drive by the OEM. The SIV quota in the Frontal Impact Rule of 200 is not the
quota for LHD SIV, which is yet to be finalised. There may be some alteration to
the magazine criteria as well.
We understand that the 90 day rule will be removed as it was deemed unfair to
enthusiasts, open to abuse according to the authorities and not needed under the
new proposals which emphasises road safety rather than commercial or immigrant
considerations. LTNZ have indicated they will have a sympathetic ear on a case
by case basis for those who may have travel plans around the time the new
legislation is passed.
These are proposed changes which the public will be consulted on over
approximately 8 weeks. Land Transport NZ will then redraft the Yellow Draft
taking the submissions into account and assuming the changes are not so
significant that a further round of consultation is required, the final rule
should be drafted by end of the year.
The LHDEF/FOMC/AA support the SIV criteria to date. This is a positive way forward for all LHD enthusiasts. The current LHD exemptions were made by
Land Transport New Zealand under legislative powers provided under the Traffic
Regulations 1976, these powers expire June 2009 and must be replaced by this
Please be clear that this does not mean that the rules for left had drive
vehicle importation and registration have already changed
From LHDEF. (Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation).
Update 24: 19 Dec 2007
To all LHD enthusiasts and
We have been busy behind the scenes this year, meeting and making
representations on your behalf with Ministry of Transport and Land Transport.
Initially we have had to deal with the Frontal Impact and Emissions rules
emphasising a Unique Collectible Vehicle (UCV) exemption. This definition is the
groundwork for the LHD exemption for newer vehicles. It is fair to say we have
built a good working relationship with Ministry of Transport and other key
stakeholders. Without hesitation we can say that Ministry of Transport have a
real understanding of our position and that they have been most receptive to our
collective views. We can now provide a positive update to you all.
You will see (in the third paragraph) in the letter below from Ministry of
Transport, some information on the timing of LHD changes. The Steering
Rule review, including the LHD rules will be made available for comment in the
New Year. This is what we have been lobbying for since 2003 and we are confident
that we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. A positive outcome could
not be achieved without your unified and continued support and passion for our
LHD vehicles. Rest assured the members of the LHDEF are striving to secure a
system that provides a common sense approach to LHD vehicles in NZ. We
will keep you updated in 2008.
We take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you a safe and
happy Christmas and a prosperous 2008.
From LHDEF. (Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation).
From Ministry of Transport:
Please pass on my thanks to
the Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation for its contribution to recent policy
development in land transport rules, particularly in regard to the advancement
of a regime to encompass special interest vehicles in the Frontal Impact Rule.
Whilst the Frontal Impact Rule may not directly effect left hand drive
enthusiasts, your contribution has been important as it is intended that the
special interest model be applied similarly to left hand drive vehicles.
The special interest vehicle policy has been very challenging and difficult to
develop because there have been concerns that such an avenue creates a risk of
abuse and exploitation and consequently, a net negative safety impact on the
incoming vehicle fleet. The mechanism and conditions that have been drafted into
the Frontal Impact Rule Amendment Rule are not too dissimilar to what you and
your fellow enthusiasts suggested earlier. Therefore, clearly the constructive
and helpful approach by your federation to resolving the issues and concerns
associated with this policy have played a significant role in finally achieving
a well-balanced policy.
As you are aware, the current requirements managing the importation of left hand
drive vehicles were made by Land Transport NZ under legislative powers provided
under the Traffic Regulations 1976. Those powers end in June 2009, therefore it
is critical that current left hand drive requirements are transferred into land
transport rules before that date. This transfer is being achieved by reviewing
the current policies and amending the Land Transport Steering Systems Rule to
include them. This review will include the extensive consultation that is
typically associated with land transport rules. As discussed, significant
progress has been made in developing the public consultation document and it is
expected that this will be released early next year with a plan that the rule be
signed before the end of the year. I have no doubt that the LHDEF efforts made
this year will make development of the Steering Systems Rule considerably
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable festive season to you and your members.
Regards, Dom Kalasih
Senior Adviser, Safety Legislation, Land Transport Environment and Safety,
Ministry of Transport
Update 23: 15 Sept 07
the latest amendment from Land Transport New Zealand pertaining to the
Frontal Impact rule which includes reference to Unique Collectible vehicles (UCV).
This can be seen as the ground work for an exemption for Left Hand Drive
vehicles in the upcoming Steering Rule review in 2008. Please be clear as per
the note from Ministry of Transport below, that this is not the Left Hand
Drive exemption for vehicles under 20 years of age. UCV refers to vehicles under
20 years of age. Vehicles older then 20 years are exempt from the rule. The
LDHEF is communicating with Federation of Motoring Clubs (FOMC), and other key
stakeholders. The LHDEF will be making a submission before 21 September in
response to the
amendment . Thank you, LHDEF
From Ministry of Transport:
Thank you for your telephone
call this morning regarding the Frontal Impact Amendment policy that Land
Transport NZ recently released for consultation. A point of clarification that
some of your members may benefit from is the applicability of the quota and
relevance of this proposed amendment to left hand drive vehicles.
This number (quota), and in fact this proposed policy, pertains specifically to
the Frontal Impact Rule. In essence, it enables a concession from the
requirement to meet an approved vehicle frontal impact standard for a limited
number of unique collectable cars. It has no direct relevance to requirements
regarding the importation on left hand drive vehicles.
That being said, as we have previously discussed, an amendment to the Steering
Systems Rule is also currently on the work programmes of the Ministry of
Transport and Land Transport NZ. Currently the legal requirements pertaining to
left hand drive vehicles are in the Traffic Regulations 1976 and policies
approved by the Director of Land Transport NZ via Gazette notices issued under
these regulations. The current work programme includes reviewing and
transferring these requirements from the regulations into a land transport
related rule, namely the Steering Systems Rule.
Bearing in mind that there are likely to be left hand drive unique collectable
vehicles desirable to your members, LHDEF and two other key enthusiast groups
(Federation of Motoring Clubs and Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association) took
the earliest opportunity to become involved in assisting with the development of
a regime to manage such vehicles, and for this government officials are
grateful. As such, it is quite possible that there may be some similarities as
to how we manage left hand drive unique collectable cars in the future, however,
the criteria and quota, for left hand drive vehicles have yet to be determined.
Over the next six months there should be considerable progress made in
developing the amendment to the Steering Systems Rule and I can assure you that
government officials are welcoming the close involvement and expertise of LHDEF
in this progress.
Should you be concerned that there is confusion amongst your members surrounding
the impact of the Frontal Impact Amendment Rule on left hand drive cars, please
feel free to share with them the above information.
Regards, Dom Kalasih Senior Adviser (Vehicle Standards) Safety Legislation,
Ministry of Transport
Update 22: 10 Sept 07
The LHDEF have been patiently
waiting on the long promised wording regarding the Frontal Impact rule amendment
which will include the Unique Collectible Vehicle (UCV) wording which is of
particular interest to the LHDEF and enthusiasts. The UCV wording will be used
for the Emissions Rule and in next years Steering Rule review which includes the
Left Hand Drive rules. This wording was supposed to be provided by LTNZ to the
Ministry by June 30th, but is only now about to be made available for key
stakeholders to view and comment on. We suspect due to tight time frames to get
the legislation signed off for this year that we will not be given much time to
consult. Is that by coincidence? (One wonders...) The Government
ideally wants to sign off on the Frontal Impact rule review this year. As a key
stakeholder the LHDEF are expecting to view the wording within the next week or
so. We will keep you posted." The LHDEF submission on emissions is
here. (pdf file)
Update 21: 21 May 07
On Wednesday (May 16), the Ministry of Transport’s senior policy advisor and a
high level representative of LTNZ flew to Auckland for the sole purpose of
meeting with the Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation. This historic meeting
was the result of many months behind-the-scenes negotiation and consultation
between Government departments and interests representing left hand drive
While there was a frank exchange of views, it was obvious the Government is
committed to dealing with the anomalies in the current left hand drive vehicle
rule (for vehicles under 20-years old) to the satisfaction of both current
owners and potential purchasers. At present, the Government is working on
changes to three rules: frontal impact, emissions and steering, in order to make
vehicles in our national fleet safer and cleaner burning. All three rules impact
on collectable left hand drive vehicles. While the MoT and LTNZ’s
representatives at the meeting could give no guarantees that the LHDEF’s
suggestions would be agreed to, several problem areas were openly discussed.
These included what makes a vehicle collectible,
administering a workable registration system, and dovetailing the steering rule
in with the frontal impact and emissions rules, drafts of which are due to be
There are still many points to be ironed out, but the willingness of the MoT and
LTNZ to involve the LHDEF in their deliberations is key to a resolution that
will be acceptable to all.
Update 20: 23 Feb 07
The Left Hand Drive
Enthusiasts Federation (LHDEF) has completed its submission
on the MOT's Frontal Impact Amendment review.
A copy of the submission can be downloaded in MS WORD format
here, or viewed as text on a web page
The important detail in the
submission is in the "Unique Collectable section" which we
have been told verbally will form the model for any left
hand drive exemption.
Update 19: 1 Jan 07
Dear fellow left hand drive
enthusiasts, Happy New Year to you.
Detailed below is an update from Ministry of Transport
senior adviser safety and security Dom Kalasih (MoT),
regarding the Frontal Impact Amendment review. MoT is
considering adopting the same model under the enthusiast and
collectable vehicle category in the Frontal Impact Amendment
review for left hand drive enthusiast vehicles under the
steering rule review, which is scheduled to be reviewed in
2007. You are encouraged to have your say as either an
individual or interested group regarding this issue, and at
the very least you should make yourself familiar with this
proposed change. (This only applies to vehicles less than 20
years old - see below).
The amendment also covers immigrant vehicles and motorsport
vehicles, some of you may also have an interest in these
categories as well.
The deadline for submissions under the Frontal Impact
Amendment review is 9 February 2007.
There is a link below which will take you to the yellow
draft and background and details how you can make a
It is good news that the Ministry is looking to recognise
enthusiast and collectable vehicles in their own right and
has signalled it is looking to better cater for left hand
drive enthusiast vehicles. The draft for the steering rule
review is to be written in 2007.
Best LEFT alone, Keep it LEFT .
This is to let you know
that Land Transport New Zealand has released this proposed
amendment Rule for public comment.
The draft Rule with an accompanying overview, information
about making a submission and an on-line submission form is
available on the Land Transport New Zealand website at
Land Transport NZ welcomes your comments on the yellow
draft. If you have any queries about the content of the
proposed amendment Rule, its Help Desk on freephone 0800 699
000 is available to help. Please note the closing date
for submissions, which is 9 February 2007.
In terms of better catering for LHD enthusiasts’ vehicles in
New Zealand the Ministry of Transport will be considering
adopting the same model as proposed for the unique and
collectable vehicles in this Frontal Impact Amendment Rule.
The proposed Frontal Impact Amendment applies only to
vehicles less than 20 years old, as those over 20 year old
vehicles are not required to comply with a standard and this
It is therefore important to have your say in particular
regarding the unique collectable vehicles already in NZ must
be taken into account.
Safety & Security
Ministry of Transport
89 The Terrace, Novell House, Wellington
Update 18: 1 Sept 06
Dear Left Hand Drive
enthusiasts and friends,
Some good news, thanks to everyone's support and lobbying,
the Ministry of Transport (MoT) have confirmed that the
Steering Rule amendment review (which includes the left hand
drive review) has been scheduled into the rules programme
for the 06/07 year commencing 1 July 2006. Without your
support this would not have happened and could have been put
This rules programme now has the funding approved by
The work the Left hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation (LHDEF)
has done to date has been acknowledged by MoT as extremely
valuable in contributing to a way forward with the Rule.
But,.... we still need your support and to stay focussed.
The LHDEF believes we are building a good relationship with
MoT and LTNZ and look forward to finding a win-win solution
to the registration of late model LHDs for enthusiasts in NZ
and to help secure the heritage of all LHD's for everyone's
enjoyment. NZ has a history of nearly 80 years of LHD's on
our roads and we want to see that continue.
Please keep the support coming in and thank you to all of
you on behalf of the LHDEF who have lent a hand so far with
comments of support, donations to the fighting fund and your
letters to the Minister.
Extracts from recent Ministry
of Transport communications to the LHDEF:
The Minister is supportive of considering changes to better
manage left hand drive vehicles and the Ministry has sought
support for the Land Transport Rules Programme. The
programme includes a change to the Steering Systems Rule
(the Rule). We have been advised 21 August 2006 that Cabinet
has approved the rules programme. The Steering System Rule
is on 2006/07 Rules Programme and the Ministry and Land
Transport NZ will begin work on it this financial year
(which started July 1)
I assure you that LHDEF will be consulted and I expect the
work it has done to date will be extremely valuable in
contributing to a way forward with the Rule. I can assure
you we ( The Ministry) will contact you (LHDEF) and continue
to work closely with you as we consider the concerns of your
Dom Kalasih, Senior Adviser (Vehicle Safety), Land Safety
Legislation. Ministry of Transport Te Manatu Waka
There is information on the Land Transport NZ website which
you may find useful about Rules and their development. The
MoT have assured us that they
will keep us informed on progress and we will keep you
Happy Motoring, summer is around the corner and time to get
those LHD's on the road a bit more!
Left Hand Drive
keep LEFT ( Not a political statement)
best LEFT on the LEFT
Update 17: 13 June 06
Dear Left Hand Drive
enthusiasts and supporters
Further to the request for you to write to Minister of
Transport Safety Hon. Harry Duynhoven in support of this
campaign, it appears that many of you have done exactly
that. Thank you.
Sources advise that a number of enthusiast clubs have had
their members individually sign and send letters, together
with letters from concerned individuals and letters on
behalf of clubs have also been sent.
Remember LTNZ/MoT were always looking to review the rules
pertaining to all LHD imports, that has always been their
intention and will be part of the review. Some people were
concerned the current changes would impact on the existing
regime. “Smell the coffee people” changes were in the wind
and without the input of the LHD Enthusiasts Federation, we
were running the risk of all LHD imports being banned.
These changes we are proposing simply allow an “enthusiast”
freedom to import and/or register an LHD of their choice
without being hammered by a government hell bent on stopping
However “actions speak louder than words”, so lets be
positive and look to see what happens in the 06/07 year. LHD
enthusiasts may well be required to take further action
because that fat person isn't singing yet.
On another note the New Zealand Federation of Motoring Clubs
and the Vintage Car Club have agreed to establish an
enthusiasts I.D. Card using the existing VCC vehicle
identity card system for non-members, already in use. Its
great to see motoring enthusiasts of all genres coming
together to create a strong enthusiasts group, something
that many suspect will be needed to deal with the ever
increasing rules and regulations coming out of the
bureaucracy factory aimed at our hobby.
Such a system can easily be used to register and monitor
late model enthusiasts vehicles such as LHD's. The system is
already in force for historic and heritage vehicle and
allows vehicles on the road where they would normally not
get a WOF or be able to be registered due to modern safety &
WOF standards. These vehicles are endorsed accordingly with
an appropriate exemption. Sound like a good idea?, Well
couple this with a realistic quota for LHD's and one has a
workable system that means LTNZ don't have to allocate
resources themselves and the system can be audited at their
On behalf of the LHDEF, thank you again for your combined
support, together we have a much better chance of keeping
LHD's on the road in NZ and establishing a much better
system than the extreme re engineering of modern vehicles
just to register them and make a few people rich at the LHD
enthusiasts expense. Of course if you want LHD converted to
RHD that's cool, we just want an affordable and realistic
choice for genuine enthusiasts to be able to keep a left
hand drive vehicle of their dreams LHD.
As one Mustang enthusiast recently posted on the website "I
would dearly love a new Mustang but given my experience with
locally converted vehicles (with all due respect) "They just
ain't Jim Beam". I enjoy driving my left hand drive cars as
they were designed to be Left Hand Drive!"
KEEP “LEFT” (not a political statement)
Best “LEFT” alone
Happy and Safe Motoring
Left Hand Drive
Update 16: 10 April 06
On the 31 March 2006,
the Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation (LHDEF) met with
MOT & LTNZ.
Venue: Laptop House
Wellington, Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm
LHDEF representatives: - Jeff Tobin, Bob Davies
Land Transport Manager Safer Vehicles: - John White
Ministry of Transport Manager Land Safety Legislation: - Leo
Ministry of Transport Senior Adviser Safety and Security: -
Apologies: LHDEF: Capital Corvette: Tom Ireland (Lt.
Col. – Afghanistan)
LTNZ and MOT reviewed the LHDEF Submission outlining the
proposition for an enthusiasts exemption for newer LHD
vehicles. i.e. under 20 years old. (web
copy available at nzmustang.com). This was well
received, and the LHDEF was complemented on the considerable
work put into it .
Prior to the meeting, the LHDEF were asked by Dom Kalasih to
prepare further submissions indicating our thinking in such
areas as the philosophy underpinning the proposed quota
numbers, the proposed differentiation between commercial and
private buyers, and asked for further detail on the proposed
Tom Ireland made available a presentation covering the quota
numbers and differentiation between commercial and private
buyers. This was well received.
Jeff and Bob made other presentations and presented three
options regarding an administrative regime. All
presentations were taken on board with genuine interest.
New Zealand Federation of Motoring Clubs (NZFOMC) and
Vintage Car Club ( VCC) are working through the possibility
of a joint venture Vehicle Identification Card (VIC). It is
proposed that we base it on the current Vintage Car Club
system [which covers vehicles over 30 years old], by
creating an NZFOMC Class which would include under 30 year
old vehicles. The system has the advantage of existing MOT &
LTNZ recognition and acceptance. An additional benefit for
the LHD enthusiasts is that this class of Vehicle
Identification Card ( VIC) would enable an enthusiast &
vehicle to be identified. A VIC could be issued subject to
specific criteria and a quota limit per year. Once a VIC was
issued and endorsed as a LHD exempt vehicle, the vehicle
could be registered, similar to endorsed vehicles under the
current VCC system.
1. System already exists.
2. System is recognised by LTNZ.
3. System has integrity.
4. System has a Central Database and administration staff.
5. System is easy to audit.
6. System removes administration processing & costs from
7. System provides flagging of change of ownership.
8. System requires a new VIC to be issued to change
9. System can easily track any minimum ownership time frame
criteria that may apply.
The LHDEF itself administers a similar VIC system utilising
a separate specific database and separate staff. [Same
advantages as points 3-9 above.]
Applications for exemption sent direct to LTNZ for
processing and issuing of authority to register.
Where to from here?
Leo Mortimer advised
(documents produced) that a steering systems rule review
(including left hand drive issues) is scheduled for the
rules program 06/07 year.
It was made clear that it is, and always has been, MOT’s
intention to remove the current Regulation 70 of the Traffic
Regulations 1976 (and its exemption provisions in Reg.90)
and subsequent gazette notices, from the regulations and
replace it with a Rule in terms of the Land Transport act
Rules are a form of delegated legislation similar to
regulations and in this case will consolidate and clarify
existing requirements spread throughout a variety of legal
instruments including Regulations, Gazette notices, Orders
and policy directives.
Hence our lobbying to create a strong united voice during
The rules review program will go to Cabinet for approval in
May. Once the Rules review program is approved, the Minister
of Transport Safety, Harry Duynhoven will indicate to the
MOT what his priorities are. The rules review program will
then commence on 1 July 2006. Following this, MOT will sit
with its contractors (for the provision of services – i.e.
LTNZ), and create the project management plans that will
implement the review services. This process is spelt out
Our best plan is to lobby hard NOW with the Minister
so that as much political pressure as is possible can be
brought to bear to achieve two things:
1. Raising the priority of the steering systems rule review,
so that it is dealt with early in the program – and at least
completed in the 2006 year, and
2. So that the proposals from LHDEF be constructively
Now is the time to make your voices heard and message
clear to the Minister that we want a fair break when it
comes to our love for our left hand drive vehicles both old
and new, including those LHD’s already in NZ.
Update 15: 20 Feb 06
The Left Hand Drive
Enthusiasts Federation (LHDEF) has sent its submission to
LTNZ/MoT. Issues covered are the current rules, history,
feedback from enthusiasts, what the Federation wants changed
and how they propose to implement it. This represents and
has the agreement of all member clubs and associations
within the Federation. A balanced and common sense approach
has been the objective at all times.
Thank you for your continued
support, further lobbying will no doubt be required, more on
this in due course although there is something you can do
right now! Please write to your MP with your views. T
Your continued support is
vital if we are to bring about a common sense change to the
rules for us. Come on Kiwis let get this done!
We will await LTNZ/MoT's
response and advise accordingly. We anticipate this will be
a few weeks away in the first instance.
Update 14: 2 Jan 06
Dear LHD Friends
Happy New Year to you.
A positive response below in blue from Ministry of Transport
received by the LHDEF just on Christmas after the LHDEF
advised a submission will be forthcoming for their
consideration in February, ....
The consideration of further policy
development in this area is at an early stage, therefore it
would be beneficial if the Ministry and Land Transport NZ
worked together with you.
We are pleased to hear that progress has been made since our
last meeting and look forward to meeting again with the
federation so we can discuss your submission. We would like
to take up the offer of having the opportunity to consider
the submission before the meeting as I am sure this will
help us contribute more positively to the meeting.
We look forward to continuing the consultative approach with
That sounds like a step in the right direction,
communication is a good thing.
Also FYI: Harry Duynhoven, Minister of Transport Safety has
confirmed in writing that there is no intention to introduce a
total ban on LHD's after another enthusiast wrote into him
in 2005. So don't be put off by some who are making
suggestions it will be the end of LHD.
We cannot live in fear of some peoples opinions. And
remember, opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one. :-)
You may wish to write into NZV8 magazine with your opinion
on the LHD thing when you get a chance.
I just went back over some of the early LHD comments on the
feedback forum at nzmustang.com. The first 100 or so, some
of these have been there for a while now and definitely
worth a re- read.
Best wishes for an awesome 2006. Happy and safe motoring
Left Hand Drive
Keep it LEFT. Best LEFT alone. Keep LEFT.
Update 13: 11 Dec 05
Please note below in blue the email just received from the
editor of NZV8 Magazine. It's great you folk are
writing in, (thank you) but as you will see from below we
also need you to now hold fire ....just until the next issue
of NZV8 is out, which is only next week..... then hit 'em
again, ...looks like its going to get interesting!
I am advised that you will have all of January to gather
your thoughts and write in again to respond to the next
issue, out next week, as this issue covers the Xmas and
The issue after the one coming out next week, wont be on the
shelves until late February 06, in which your next lot of
replies can be printed. This gives everyone the extra time
to respond this time around.
As the Actress said to the Bishop, "timing is everything"
Thanking you all. Keep
up the great work.
Happy Motoring and writing! Left Hand Drive
Dear Left Hand Drive
I'm still getting heaps of letters about LHD. That's great
but the magazine went to print last week so I can't put any
more in. There is not point saving these letters as Tony J
has written about more LHD things that I'm sure you would
all like to comment on :) I ran an extra page of letters to
run as many letters that had come in on time. The
letters I have received after this time (heaps of them)
aren't of much use to NZV8 as they will look out of date by
the time the next magazine is ready to print. I
suggest that everyone waits till the next magazine
hits the shelves end of next week then replies to what
Tony is saying in that issue.
Cheers Sean Editor, NZV8 Magazine
Update 12: 5 Dec 05
Dear Left Hand Drive
This is a heads up to you good people to advise you of an
excellent opportunity to have your say on this left hand
drive issue through one of the popular V8 enthusiast
automotive magazines NZV8.
The editor Sean Craig has asked Tony Johnson from LTNZ to
write an article in his regular column on the LHD issue.
This gives all of us the opportunity to respond and make our
feelings known. The first of these articles is in the
current issue (see page 86).
Some of you may think writing to a magazine will not do
anything. This could not be further from the truth. This
campaign must show, that it has a wide level of support to
warrant a change for the better for left hand drive
enthusiasts. We must show the rule makers that we are not
going away until some common sense changes are made to the
current rules to accommodate later model LHD's for
enthusiasts ....And to show that there is nothing wrong with
our older LHD's as well.
It is awesome to get this enthusiast magazine on board and
interested in this subject, at this point in time. So lets
show our support to NZV8 Magazine and get yourselves a copy!
(it's a damn good read and has awesome pics of great cars).
(I would also add that Petrolhead and New Zealand Rodder
have also given us support and published articles-thank
The Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation (LHDEF) will be
making a submission to LTNZ/MOT next year, you can also do
this if you wish. But a submission can be ignored or
declined, only with a strong showing of support will we
stand any chance of change to these current draconian rules,
of having to convert a late model LHD to RHD, or be overseas
for 90 days.
If we can show the decision makers that there is wide
support for a change, then they must take note of this when
considering any submissions.... or dare I say... there will
be trouble. Any opportunity, especially one as good as this,
must be made the most of.
I suggest you keep your letters/comments to 30-50 words, which will give you a
greater chance of being printed. As it has been said, the pen is mightier than
the sword,.... so get scribbling! (or typing). T
On behalf of the LHDEF, I will take this opportunity to
thank you all for your support to date, keep it coming.
Remember if we do nothing, then nothing will happen..... So
lets make it happen!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and safe
journeys on the roads where ever you may go over summer.
Yours in motoring, Left hand Drive
"Keep it LEFT", "Best LEFT alone", "Keep LEFT"
6 Oct 2005
On Friday 30 September, Bob Davies, Tom Ireland and
Jeff Tobin from the Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation (LHDEF) met in Wellington, with John
White and Matt Freeman from LTNZ and Leo Mortimer and Dom
Kalasih from Ministry of Transport.
We made a strong and authoritative presentation covering
such aspects as:
There is no problem with a
LHD/RHD mix on the roads elsewhere in the world and in NZ.
Even though there is no
historical collected data on crashes involving LHD, we
challenged the assumption that LHD vehicles driven in a
predominantly RHD country is inherently dangerous. We
strongly maintained that in our collective experience, there
was no data to collect that is of any significance,
and its is purely mischievous to suggest that there is some
hidden unrecorded data to support the position that
LHD is inherently dangerous.
There is in any event, a
small number of LHD vehicles as a proportion of the NZ
We presented specific details
of the failure of some approved LHD to RHD conversions with
interviews and photos.
A solution was proposed
suggesting a quota of 2,000 LHD per annum, at least half of
which should be self administered through NZFOMC via club
The meeting was just short of
an hour, so a lot of ground was covered quickly.
We have been invited to provide a written submission to MOT.
One of the MOT managers, Leo Mortimer mentioned that his
report to the minister covering such a proposed change has a
series of things to cover, including environmental impact,
being just one.
Tom has kindly offered to do a 1st draft of a suitable
proposal for us.
You will appreciate this will not happen overnight . Also a
new minister of Transport has to be appointed first as well.
This will give us a little time to get our report together.
Our feeling was that we have made ground. First, because it
was an important first face to face meeting and second, they
seemed to like the quota idea.
1 Sept 2005
With the election looming,
the LHD Enthusiasts Federation has been lobbying political
parties to determine their views on the left-hand drive
rule. And here’s what we’ve found from the two big :
Duynhoven, on behalf of the Labour Party, says "there aren’t
the resources to do anything about this issue for at least a
year". (This is quote from Harry Duynhoven's presentation to
the New Zealand Federation of Motoring Club's AGM in May
National: For the
National Party, Maurice Williamson has said "this will be
one of the first issues I will deal with in regards to the
LTNZ", should National win the election and he becomes
Minister of Transport.
3 August 2005
involved – Lobby your MP!!
Want to get involved in
our campaign to change the 90-day rule? Send a
pre-election letter to your MP.
This will help our campaign
• Showing the Government and
LTNZ there is a lot of support for changing the law,
• Challenging MPs to find out what their party’s views are
(we’re only weeks away from an election so every vote
• Making our concerns known to the Minister of Transport
If you’re not sure who your
MP is, go to
http://www.ps.parliament.govt.nz/eps.htm and select your
electorate from the maps.
Every letter will help
make a difference, so please
write to your MP today
Media Publicity is now rolling
out. Here are some examples of that.
1. An article from
2. A press release on the
Automobile Association website
3. An article in the local
Auckland paper the Western
Leader 3 June 05
4. An article from the
Auckland Herald 8 June 05
5. Radio interview
Paul Holmes and Bob Davies (25th May) MP3 file 2.6 Mb
6. Radio News item
(25th May) MP3 file 0.5 Mb
7. An Article in NZ Rodder
magazine June 05
8. An article from Taranaki News
June 15, 2005
9. An article from
News- June 2005.
10. A link to the
Capital Corvette Club website, which has several
articles including one from Capital Times June 05.
11. An article from
Magazine, June 05, page 35.
Update 7: 21 May 2005
Dear Left Hand Drive vehicle
enthusiasts and supporters. It is timely to update you on
the progress of the campaign.
Firstly the Combined Working Party Syndicate of clubs and
associations who are spearheading this campaign have been
renamed the Left Hand Drive Enthusiasts Federation. (LHD
One of the reasons for the name change is to do with the
fact that as a result of your support and the financial
generosity of a number of you, both individuals and clubs,
we have employed the services of a professional
communications expert. It was pointed out that we needed a
snappier name that reflected what we were about and for
better or worse this was the name that has been arrived at.
Personally I like it and no, I didn’t come up with the name.
The LHD campaign is about to step up to another level. A
media release is going out to key media personnel and
publications on Monday 23 May. It is our belief that any
motoring journalist worth their salt will grab our story and
print or publish it, hopefully as written. Please keep
an eye on your local papers and favourite car magazines and
please let me know if you see any articles on the Left Hand
Drive campaign. These may take 1-5 weeks to surface
depending on close off times and deadlines for various
publications, so don’t worry if you do not pick up on
Recently, a number of the LHD Enthusiast Federation members
met in Taupo for the New Zealand
Federation of Motoring Clubs (NZFOMC) AGM. Harry Duynhoven the Minister of Transport Safety addressed the
meeting and referred to the LHD campaign in his speech. He
did recognise the enthusiast owner and said he did not have
a problem with those who wanted to drive their LHD vehicle
on fine days and be used mainly for club days and shows. He
was concerned about the wholesale importation of LHD’s. The
LHD Federation members gave Mr Duynhoven a file, which
included recommendations as to how this can be resolved.
Mr Duynhoven did indicate the review may now be at least 12
months away. This is disappointing and frankly not
acceptable to the Federation or to the enthusiasts we
Jeff Tobin the Mustang representative was later in the day,
voted onto the NZFOMC executive. Jeff says, “ This campaign
has been an eye opener. What I can see in the near future is
the very real need for a national body representing motoring
clubs throughout New Zealand, so that enthusiasts can be
heard as one voice. As technology advances and is
incorporated more in to vehicles of the future by car
manufacturers, the gap between the safety requirements to
own and register a classic vehicle that we love and the
everyday mass produced car of the future will widen. Unless
we position ourselves now as a united voice, the future will
mean it may be impossible to own and operate a classic or
collectable vehicle in NZ. Already there is technology that
is being fine-tuned that actually prevents cars from
crashing. Unless all the various motoring clubs in NZ can
come together as one voice in the next few years, we may
find technology rules the day and the bureaucrats will use
this as another excuse to try and ban our vehicles from the
road. The NZFOMC is the perfect organisation to unite us and
I wish to work to help achieve that goal”.
We now have broken the 800 number mark of
LHD feed back
comments on the web site. A big thank you to all of you who
have sat down and written in to support this. We cannot do
this without you and your views do make a difference.
However we need more, so anyone who reads this who hasn’t
yet posted a comment or who has family members, friends who
share the same view as us, please get them to post in a
comment of support.
What about your LHD passengers how do they feel? A comment
from them is just as valuable.
We also need help with more campaign funds, anyone who
wishes to contribute financially to the fight be it a $5 or
$500 contribution will be most appreciated. Any
contributions can be posted to “LHD Campaign Account”,
FREEPOST, PO Box 83-183, Edmonton Auckland. If there are any
surplus funds (that is a big if) after a successful
campaign, we will donate the balance to the Child Cancer
Foundation on behalf of all LHD enthusiasts. So your money
will be put to good use one way or another.
We will update you further over the next few weeks and also
show how you can help by writing into your local MP or
newspaper. We will post some key messages on the website in
a few weeks should you wish to use these in a letter of your
own. We all know it is election year, we are the employers
of these public servants so I suggest it is timely if they
were made aware of our concerns. Particularly the one
regarding freedom of choice and representing the will of the
Happy and safe motoring to you all.
Left Hand Drive
“Keep It Left”
Update 6: 17 March 2005
Read this powerful feed-back
comment below from Bob Davies Senior Chief Traffic Officer
"I Support the abolition of the 90-Day rule. I am a
Retired Police Inspector who served almost 23 years in the
Ministry of transport - the last 6 of those in the Ministry
of Transport Head Office in Wellington at the rank of Chief
Traffic Officer. I can say categorically that in all my
total of nearly 25 years actively involved in Road Safety, I
know of NO (ZERO - NIL - NIX - NADA) cases of an accident
being caused because of a vehicle being left-hand drive.
There are more accidents / problems caused by European /
American tourists driving on the wrong side of the road -
and these, while well publicised, are not so numerous as is
thought. Yes, my experience spans the years 1970 - 1994. No,
until I retired from law enforcement, I did not own or drive
a left-hand drive vehicle. Yes, I have (since 1998 and until
2004) owned a 1988 Mustang 5.0 LX, which I imported under
the 90-day rule (Since I lived in the USA for more than 3
years). I kept it LHD and sold it to a friend after 5 years.
With the benefit of those years driving LHD in NZ, I can
confirm my long-held belief that there is no road safety
related reason to be concerned with LHD vehicles being
driven in NZ in the hands of enthusiast importers. I can
report that in my Head Office experience, I had heated
discussions with (un-named) members of the LTSA who promoted
the change from the old "LHD Permit" days of the 50's, 60's
and 70's - to the "Complete LHD Ban-if-possible" of the 80's
and 90's, and then effectively to the removal of the
requirement for LHD exemptions, and the retention of the 90
day rule within the Vehicle compliance regime. I understand
the motivations of the antagonists and protagonists. On
balance there is no reason to keep the 90-day rule. It is a
gate-keeping rule. There are better ways to manage the gate
if we have to at all.
The last points I would like to make: 1. Overtaking is most
often sited as the most dangerous thing caused by LHD
vehicles. If anything it makes the driver more careful.
Check the history. Sweden was the last European country to
change to driving on the RH side of the road. In the year
that they did change, it was the year that they had the
least road deaths in their history. 2. Those enthusiasts who
import LHD vehicles most often import vehicles with
excellent power-to-weight ratios. Overtaking is not a
I wish you all the best in this endeavour. Bob Davies Senior
Chief Traffic Officer (Retired)"
This supports the information received under the Official
Information Act that Land Transport have no evidence or
information to suggest left hand drive vehicles are a danger
on New Zealand Roads.
Campaign Funds are up to
$1,868.00. Keep the support coming in! We want to start our
media campaign in the near future.
The Working Party Syndicate are fine tuning a draft proposal
for left hand drive import regulations. Will keep you
posted, in the meantime, keep those feed back comments
Best Regards, Left Hand Drive
Happy Motoring, Keep it left!
Update 5: 20 Feb 2005
Dear Left hand drive
supporters ...We need your help.
We are at a point in the campaign where we will need to
approach the media regarding the concerns of LHD
enthusiasts. This will put extra pressure on the Government
to take our concerns seriously and try to get them to make
some positive changes to the current rule structure for
importing and owning a late model LHD vehicle in NZ.
Being an election year, we do not want to lose the
opportunity to put the pressure on the Government/ Land
Transport to act favourably, or be purposely sidelined until
after the election by Land Transport people who have other
agendas and want to see this campaign fail.
The web site feed
back forum has seen a growth in comments posted from 160
in mid January 05 to over 420 mid February 05. This is
predominantly due to enthusiasts handing out feedback forms
at cars shows.
We have collected important information in support of the
campaign and it has been recommended that we need to employ
the services of a Freelance Public Relations Manager who can
oversee the media/press campaign and write the media/press
communications for us as required. We need to make sure we
reach our target audiences with the right message at the
right time. As you will appreciate this is a specialised
field and we don't want to muck this part of the operation
up. I am planning to speak with some recommended people in
this field very shortly, however this will cost money. A
good PR Manager I am advised costs around $100 per hour.
A campaign bank account has been opened. We have a Justice
of the Peace (who also happens to be a foundation member of
the N Z Military Vehicle Collectors Club) as a mandatory
signatory to the cheque account, as am I. This means both
signatures will be required on any cheques written out from
campaign funds. Full records will be kept on any income and
expenditure and will be subsequently posted for anyone to
see upon request.
The mandate for the use of the funds will be to promote the
cause of the left hand drive enthusiasts in this country to
allow LHD enthusiasts to bring into NZ and register a left
hand drive vehicle regardless of its age, for personal use,
without the necessity to have owned the vehicle overseas for
90 consecutive days, or be forced to convert the vehicle to
right hand drive. We wish to work towards an exemption for
existing LHD vehicles in NZ that have not been registered as
There may be other costs such as official representation
from myself or another syndicate member of the official
clubs who have come together to support and promote this
issue, to fly to Wellington for any official LTNZ meetings.
The primary purpose of the funds will be to pay for the
P.R. persons' services.
As a lot of people stand to benefit from any positive LHD
registration rule change, I feel its about time as many of
us as possible chipped in a little money to get us to the
next stage of our goal. I personally have contributed
several hundred dollars of my own money in stationery
expenses, including photocopying to get us where we are now
as well as countless hours of my own time. I am happy to
contribute some more money and of course all the time that
it takes to reach our goal. In fairness, obviously there
isn't just one beneficiary of any positive outcome for LHD
enthusiasts, so the more of us that can help, the easier the
burden will be to carry and make the goal easier to achieve
for us all.
The level of contribution will be entirely at the discretion
of any person and/or association/club. All
contributions will be received with appreciation and
acknowledged where contact details have been made available.
If after a successful campaign, we have any surplus funds, I
am recommending we submit a donation on behalf of all NZ LHD
enthusiasts to the Child Cancer Foundation.
Thank you for your consideration of supporting this campaign
for the benefit of current and future LHD enthusiasts. The
future of the LHD enthusiast hobby in NZ will be enhanced if
we are successful in bringing about a positive change to the
registration rules of late model LHD vehicles in NZ.
This will also show Land Transport that the motoring public
of NZ can stand up and successfully challenge ridiculous
rules that stifle the genuine enthusiast’s pleasure of
motoring in NZ.
Remember if we do nothing, then that's what we will get. We
will only get one shot at this, so we want to make sure it
is our best shot.
Thank you Left Hand Drive
Update 4: 19 Dec 2004
Dear Left Hand Drive
enthusiasts and supporters,
this is the last update for this
year and quite an important one. Firstly I would like to
take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and
Happy New Year and thank each and every one of you for your
support. Collectively we can make, are making and will
continue to make a difference.
The combined Working Party
Syndicate made up from representatives from Corvette,
Mustang, BMW, Ferrari, Cadillac, Buick, American Classic,
American Muscle and, Hot Rod clubs and associations have
been working very hard on everyone’s behalf to try and get
the LTNZ (Changed from LTSA on 1 December) to listen to some
common sense regarding the rules involved in registering a
late model left hand drive vehicle in New Zealand.
With the help from a number
of like-minded and hard working souls we can report the
We have confirmation under
the Official Information Act that the LTSA/LTNZ have no
accident data involving LHD vehicles and that they have no
evidence or reports or discussion documents to suggest it
is inherently less safe to drive a left hand drive vehicle
on NZ roads.
We will therefore be asking
that the 90 day overseas rule be removed, as there are no
documented safety issues pertaining to owning and
operating LHD vehicles in New Zealand. This rule
discriminates against enthusiasts who cannot afford a 90
day plus overseas trip, away from work and family, which
applies to the majority of New Zealanders. These
vehicles cost a lot of money and it is a big effort for
most enthusiasts to have just saved up enough money to
purchase the vehicle of their dreams in the first place,
without being forced by this ridiculous rule to spend an
additional small fortune being out of the country for so
long, or another fortune having the vehicle irreversibly
altered and devalued by having the steering wheel position
moved from its original factory position. For whose
benefit? The conversion workshops benefit big time at the
expense of the enthusiast vehicle owner and to the
detriment of the Frontal Impact Standard safety feature
and collectability of the vehicle. Low Volume division of
LTNZ clip the ticket when a Low Volume plate is issued on
these vehicles as well.
Because of your feed back
comments on the nzmustang.com website and the work done by
the Working Party Syndicate on your behalf, we were able
to put together a folder of the website and a covering
letter that was delivered by one of our syndicate members
to MP. Chris Carter who personally handed this file to the
Minister of Transport Safety, Harry Duynhoven. Mr
Duynhoven has acknowledged our concerns officially and
assured us of a proper hearing in 2005. The tone of
Harry’s letter was positive. Harry Duynhoven is known to
be a vehicle enthusiast himself and by all accounts a good
fellow. Our sincere thanks goes to Chris Carter who was
very sympathetic to our concerns and was instrumental in
getting this information in front of the Transport Safety
Minister. Without Chris Carter’s help we would not have
achieved such quick attention to our concerns from the
highest level. Chris has offered to remain involved and
offer whatever assistance he can.
Unofficially, we can report
from reliable sources, amendment of the Steering Systems
Rule to include the left-hand drive provision currently in
the Traffic Regulations would not be included in this
year’s Omnibus Rule. The reason for decoupling it from
the Omnibus Rule was that it had become an issue that
required more consultation, and therefore needed to be
treated on its own. This is great news and a direct
result of the pressure we are putting on the rule makers
to have our concerns heard!
Please talk about this
subject over summer meets and runs with fellow enthusiasts.
This is still very much a numbers game and we haven’t really
won any changes yet. We need more support comments on the
web site. It would be excellent to get more female LHD
drivers feed back comments. Come on ladies! You can now
download a word version or PDF version of a feedback form.
If any of you in clubs and groups around the country can do
this and take some along to give around at shows, meets etc
and get others to complete and post back, we can load these
comments onto the website. There is a Freepost address to
use, (LHD, FREEPOST, PO Box 83-183, Edmonton, Auckland)
no stamp required. Please help us to help you.
Another issue closely linked
to this is we need to establish how many and the type of
late model LHD vehicles that are already in the country,
waiting on their 20th birthday before they can be exported
then re imported to NZ to be registered. Two points here;
a). If you import a Right
Hand Drive (RHD) vehicle that is not frontal
impact compliant, you can park it till its 20th birthday
then take it down the road and get it registered. If you
import a less than 20 year old LHD vehicle which is
frontal impact compliant, you can park it until its 20th
birthday then you have to export it out of the country and
then re- import it again, at great expense and
inconvenience and risk of damage to the vehicle, in order
to get it registered in NZ. How ludicrous is
this?!!. So… we need to lobby for a change in this
rule so that existing later model LHD vehicles, already in
the country, can be registered without having to be
exported and re imported.
What you can do to
help. Please write in to or email Left Hand
Drive in confidence, if you have any LHD vehicles that
are being stored awaiting 20 years before being
registered, or if you know of any LHD vehicles in this
situation, please bring this to the attention of the
owner(s). Don’t worry it is not illegal to import these
cars and this information will only be used to show the
minister that there are said amount of vehicles already
here in New Zealand that collectors have invested in and
these should also be exempted and taken into account in
any registration exemption.
If you don’t let
us know we can’t help you. So please let us know
the year, make and model of your vehicle and a contact
name/number/email. This information will only be kept for
the purpose of presenting to the rule makers/Government to
put more pressure on a change for the good of the
enthusiasts and to get these cars out of the ridiculous
situation of having to be exported and imported again.
Yours in Motoring "Left
Update 3: 25
The combined working party
syndicate have received an official response from the LTSA
under the Official Information Act confirming they do not
have any accident data on left hand drive vehicles involved
in crashes in New Zealand. The LTSA is not aware of any
additional risk factors in driving Left Hand Drive vehicles
on New Zealand roads. The syndicate is working on a
submission to the LTSA Rules Team and will post a further
update in due course. All LHD vehicle enthusiasts should
make known their driving experiences in Left Hand drive
vehicles and how they find driving a LHD vehicle on NZ
roads, by submitting comments
for us to load into the database.
Please help us, so we can help you.
Update 2 : 29 Oct 04
On 20th October the combined
working party group of representatives wrote to the Manager
of Safer Vehicle Policy at the LTSA under the official
Information Act and requested specific details of accidents
involving left hand drive vehicles. The LTSA have
acknowledged our letter of registration of interest in the
Omnibus rule. However information the working party has, is
that the LTSA intend to roll the rule over as it is.
Therefore a more public profile of our concerns regarding
the current rules is being prepared. Please keep the
support coming in.... we will need it!
working party of representatives from Mustang, Corvette,
NZ Buick Enthusiasts Car Club, Ferrari Owners’ Club NZ , BMW
Car Club of NZ, American Classic Car Club, Cadillac-La Salle
Club NZ, National Street Rod Association, American Muscle
Car Club, Pukekohe Hot Rod Club (Inc), have sent a letter of
registration of interest listing their concerns about the
current rules structure and advising that they wish to be
involved in the rules review with the LTSA Rules Team. This
syndicate has advised the LTSA that they represent directly
over 3,000 members and also have support from the wider
motor vehicle enthusiast community. The working party
syndicate wishes to work with the LTSA to arrive at a
win-win solution that meets both the needs of LHD
enthusiasts and at the same time addresses concerns the LTSA