Con­ver­sion Cri­te­ria


Iden­ti­fy­ing the cri­te­ria for a ve­hi­cle to re­quire con­ver­sion to right-hand drive can be com­plex if you are un­fa­mil­iar with the NZTA re­quire­ments. Many Amer­i­can im­ports fea­tured in NZV8 are ex­empt, pre­dom­i­nantly be­cause they are clas­si­fied as “light ve­hi­cles that are 20 years old or more”. How­ever, any late-model ve­hi­cles — less than 20 years old — that do not meet the NZTA’s cri­te­ria for a Cat­e­gory A LHD ve­hi­cle per­mit will need to be con­verted.

A full cri­te­ria list can be found on the NZTA web­site, but key points in­clude:

• the ve­hi­cle must be a class MA ve­hi­cle less than 20 years old

• the ve­hi­cle must meet three of the four fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

— the ve­hi­cle is iden­ti­fied as a col­lec­tor’s item in a com­mer­cially pro­duced mo­tor­ing pub­li­ca­tion

— the ve­hi­cle is/was man­u­fac­tured in an­nual vol­umes not ex­ceed­ing 20,000 units

— the ve­hi­cle is a two-door coupe or con­vert­ible

— the ve­hi­cle is a high-per­for­mance ve­hi­cle.

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