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 latest versions of the printed Road Code books are also available online, but in both cases need to be read in conjunction with any updates - which are posted on NZTA's Road Code updates page. [1]

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 Driving Tests. [2]

For tourist drivers, the Visiting Drivers Project has been created to improve road safety for tourists. [3]

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Compulsory Basic Training

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Large goods vehicle

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Driving test

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Commercial drivers license

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Driver licences in Australia

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Drivers licences in Canada

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Driving licence in the Republic of Ireland

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  1. "Updates to the Road code"
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  3. "Visiting Drivers Project". NZ Transport Agency. Retrieved 6 August 2018.