Query about small passenger service vehicles
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From: jayson chilvers
Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,
Is there a law or nzta rule that has ever stated that the operator/driver of a small passenger service vehicle has to have ownership of the vehicle to operate as a small passenger service vehicle.
Has there ever been such a rule or mandate to this effect?
If there has been one to this effect is it still in effect and if it isn't when was it repealed?
From: Complaints Escalation
New Zealand Transport Agency
Kia ora Jayson,
Thank you for email regarding small passenger service licence requirements
and vehicle ownership.
The purpose of the Motor Vehicle Register (MVR) is to identify the person
who is responsible for a vehicle, including liability for licence fees and
any fines or infringements rather than who is the legal owner of the
vehicle. Legal title to a vehicle is proven by sale and purchase
agreements or similar documentation. A change of registered person
transaction is a person's claim to be responsible for the vehicle. If you
need more information about legal ownership, we suggest seeking
independent legal advice.
For more information regarding the purpose of the MVR and the
responsibilities of a registered person, please follow the links below:
Your responsibilities as the registered person
How the Motor Vehicle Register affects you
Ownership of a vehicle is separate to a vehicle used in a transport
service. Section 30A of the Land Transport Act 1998 notes
‘requirement for vehicles’, and it does not refer to a TSL holder owning
If you require further information, please email us directly at
[email address] with your specific situation in
order for us to assist or provide more guidance.
Nicole Bills (She/Her)
Senior Customer Response Representative, Customer Response
Te Rôpû Waeture | Regulatory Services
Email: [email address]
Phone: 0800 108 809
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Private Bag 11777, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
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