New Zealand Road Code

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The New Zealand Road Code is the official road safety manual for New Zealand published by NZ Transport Agency. It is a guide to safe driving practices and traffic law in New Zealand, and is also the basis for theory and practical driving tests. There are separate editions:

  • The Official Road Code (cars and light vehicles requiring a class 1 licence)
  • The Official Road Code for Heavy Vehicle Drivers (vehicles 3500kg and heavier, and licence classes 2-5)
  • The Official Road Code for Motorcycles (two-wheeled vehicles, and licence class 6)

There is a separate book for cyclists which is called The Official Code for Cyclists, without the word Road, which provides safety advice and riding rules for cyclists on New Zealand's roads.

Printed Road Code books are updated infrequently. Updates are posted on NZTA's Road Code updates page.

The Road Code contains a list of all questions that can be asked in the theory test for the learner licence. Answers are not included with the questions and must be either deduced from reading the Road Code, or researched using an external website such as DT (Driving Tests).

Criticism has been leveled at the Road Code for being impenetrable and lacking relevance, especially for tourist drivers and new migrants. NZTA and other agencies created the Visiting Drivers Signature Project to bring essential elements of safe driving from the Road Code into easily accessible information that rental vehicle agencies can use.

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