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44 Bowen Street 
Private Bag 6995 
Wellington 6141 
New Zealand 
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24 April 2024 
Cody C 
[FYI request #26242 email] 
REF: OIA-15018 
Dear Cody 
Request made under the Official Information Act 1982 
Thank you for your email of 26 March 2024 requesting the following information under the Official 
Information Act 1982 (the Act): 
Please provide the source of the relevant legislation, or legal advice, which prohibits the 
supervisor being either asleep or drunk. 

In response to your request, there is no definition of “in charge of” in the Land Transport (Driver 
Licensing) Rule 1999 s18(2)(b) 
(the Rule). However, the Rule outlines that people on a learner or 
restricted licence should be supervised by a qualified driver seated as closely as possible to the driver 
so that they can take control of the vehicle if need be. If that person is drunk or asleep, this 
intervention is not possible and, ultimately defeats the objective of the Rule to make significant gains in 
land transport safety. Looking to the purpose of the provision and legislation to infer its meaning would 
be in line with the Legislation Act 2019 section 10. 
The very act of supervision is active not passive. The supervisor is there to monitor the driver and 
must be prepared to take over the vehicle or intervene if the inexperienced driver gets into difficulty.  
If you would like to discuss this reply with NZTA, please contact Ministerial Services, by email to 
[NZTA request email] 
Yours sincerely 
Iain Feist 
General Counsel, Regulatory