Palmerston North Office
Private Bag 11777
Palmerston North 4442
17 September 2019
[FYI request #10964 email]
Dear Mr Muller
Thank you for your further email of 2 September 2019 regarding the use of adhesive registration
As the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, the NZ Transport Agency is responsible for issuing registration
plates in accordance with section 257(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998. The types of ordinary plates
the Registrar may
issue, are set out under regulation 33 the Land Transport (Motor Vehicle
Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011.
While regulation 33(6) allows an ordinary plate to be fixed to the front of a motor vehicle may be in the
form of an adhesive label, only plates issued by the Transport Agency and our agents are legal.
Vehicle owners who take it upon themselves to source an alternative product are at risk of being fined
or prosecuted for having an illegal adhesive plate.
Regulation 77(1)(b)(i) makes it an offence to operate a motor vehicle on a road if it does not have
affixed to it “the registration plates issued for it”. Further to this, regulation 77(2)(b)(i) makes it a
stationary vehicle offence to cause or permit a motor vehicle to be on a road if it does not have affixed
to it “the registration plates issued for it”. The maximum penalties and infringement fees for those
offences are set out in Schedule 6.
If you would like to discuss this matter further with the Transport Agency, you are welcome to contact
Sam Russell, Customer Advisor – Ministerials, by email to [email address] or on 0800 108
Senior Manager Customer Services