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From 1 July 2015 all new light passenger and goods vehicles (classes MA, MB, MC and NA) certified for entry into New Zealand will be required to have electronic stability control (ESC).

ESC is a crash prevention system that intervenes if it detects that a vehicle is about to skid or lose traction. It is able to independently control the braking of each wheel to correct the vehicle and pull it back into line if it is skidding out of control. Research indicates ESC can reduce the risk of crashing as a result of lost control by around 30 per cent.

“This measure will improve safety on our roads and fits with the Government’s road safety strategy, Safer Journeys, which seeks to improve all aspects of the system, including safer vehicles,” Leo Mortimer, Land Transport Safety Manager, Ministry of Transport says.

“We have worked constructively with the motor vehicle industry to get practical implementation dates for vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet, with phased timing over the next 5 years for different classes of vehicles. By 2020, ESC will be mandatory for all new and used light passenger and goods vehicles imported into New Zealand,” Mr Mortimer says.

“Many improvements in vehicle technology have both safety and environment advantages. We are now looking at other measures that will allow New Zealanders to benefit from improved vehicle standards earlier than they would normally occur. To help us assess these measures, we have developed a vehicle standards map(external link) which outlines vehicle technologies and performance standards that have the greatest potential to improve the safety and environmental performance of vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet,” Mr Mortimer says.

View Minister Foss' release on mandatory ESC for all new light vehicles from 1 July 2015(external link)

More information about mandatory ESC(external link)

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