The New Zealand Government has today announced that it will reduce the price of driver licences at all levels for Kiwis.
Transport Minister Michael Wood made the announcement that the average driver will soon save $86 as they move through the licencing system thanks to changes made to how Waka Kotahi is funded.
“All New Zealanders should have access to the independence and opportunities a driver licence provides. However, the cost of tests on top of other cost of living pressures can make access more difficult for many people,” he said.
From 1 October 2023, the average cost of a learner licence will decrease by $20, a restricted licence by $35, and a full licence by $31.
The Government is also removing resit fees for practical tests so New Zealanders trying to get their licence don’t have to pay up to $87 for every attempt.
“We’re anticipating these changes will cumulatively save drivers around $5.5 million each year. These savings will help ease the pressure on households while budgets are tight,” Wood said.
“Making driver licences more affordable will also support more people into work as many jobs require it.”
In response to a 2019 review of Waka Kotahi’s regulatory funding, fees, and charges, other fees for vehicle registration, commercial licence holders and vehicle certification will also experience changes.
The Government will also introduce a set cost for accessing the Motor Vehicle Register.
“The majority of fees that impact New Zealand drivers and businesses have decreased or remained unchanged. Of the charges that will increase the majority of these will increase by less than $10, and are charges that have a limited number of transactions each year,” Wood said.
“The new funding model will allow Waka Kotahi to delivery its regulatory functions to a high standard to ensure our road network is safe and efficient.”