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).

Policy documents

In preparing the 2007 Rule the government and ministers considered a range of documents. These are presented here for information: