A proposed timetable for introducing mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) for new and used light vehicles imported into New Zealand was announced today.

Electronic stability control (ESC) is a crash prevention system in a vehicle that intervenes to help a driver retain control if the vehicle begins to lose traction.

“There is clear evidence that mandating this technology for new and used light passenger and goods vehicles imported into New Zealand will improve road safety,” Ministry of Transport Land Transport Safety Manager Leo Mortimer says.

“We have already had valuable input from the both the used and new motor vehicle industries. The next step is to have further public consultation on the draft Rule.”

There will be no change required for vehicles already in New Zealand. The requirement for ESC will also not apply to some specialist vehicles imported into New Zealand, such as vintage cars.

Mandating electronic stability control (ESC) is a key deliverable of the Safer Journey’s Action Plan 2013–2105(external link) which is part of Safer Journey’s New Zealand’s Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020(external link).

Information about how to make a submission will be available on the NZ Transport Agency’s website(external link) in early March. 

View Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse’s media release(external link)

Information on the proposal to mandate ESC


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