In November 2007 the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions 2007 was signed. It is the primary control on vehicle emissions in New Zealand and replaced the earlier 2003 and 2006 Rules.
The 2007 Rule sets emissions standards for vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet. It also sets out controls on emissions that apply to vehicles already in the New Zealand fleet. It came into effect progressively from 3 January 2008.
Since 2007, a number of minor and technical changes have been made to the emissions rule through the amendment rules in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. A copy of the current Rule incorporating all of the changes since 2007, along with copies of all of the amendment rules and information about the changes they introduced can be viewed on the NZ Transport Agency’s website(external link).
In preparing the 2007 Rule the government and ministers considered a range of documents. These are presented here for information:
- a list of questions and answers(external link) on the Rule and its content
- the Cabinet paper (PDF, 212kb) that was submitted to Cabinet seeking approval of the policies set out in the Rule
- the Regulatory Impact Assessment (PDF, 79kb) that accompanied the Cabinet paper
- the Submissions Analysis (PDF, 140kb) that was prepared based on the 84 submissions received before the close-off date
- the report Update and Extension of Vehicle Emissions Modelling (PDF, 406kb) prepared by the consulting firm Covec on the likely environmental and economic impacts of the proposed Rule. This updated their earlier report from 2006 that is also available here: Socio-Economic Impacts of Emissions Standards on Used Imported Vehicles Final Report November 2006 (PDF, 618kb).
- the 2007 Health and Air Pollution in New Zealand (HAPINZ) study, which found that up to 500 people die prematurely each year. This study has been updated and replaced with a 2012 report. Copies of both the 2012 and the earlier 2007 report can be found at the dedicated website: http://www.hapinz.org.nz/(external link)