People are required to hold certain Driver Licences and Endorsements to legally drive vehicles in New Zealand. VHNZ offers P Endorsement, for when passengers are carried for hire or reward, as well as the classes of licence for driving heavy vehicles (Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5), and the Logbook component, for drivers who are legally required to manage driving hours. Details regarding Driver Licencing Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 are on a separate VHNZ Information Sheet.
You must hold the right class of licence (i.e. Class 2, 4, or 5) if you plan to drive a heavy vehicle in a vehicle recovery service.
Theory lessons covering the following topics:
- Responsibilities in relation to the driver of a passenger service vehicle carrying passengers with special needs.
- Legal requirements relevant to drivers of all passenger service vehicles.
- Legal requirements specific to drivers of small passenger service vehicles.
- Describe the carrying of operator identification and the display of driver identification cards specific to those driving a vehicle operating a dial-a-driver service.
NZQA Unit Standards
17579 Demonstrate knowledge of driver licensing requirements for endorsement.
*24089 Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, work time, and driver log book requirements
Attendance Numbers Minimum of 6, maximum of 8 per trainer
Course Duration P Endorsement only - 1 day
P Endorsement and Logbook - 2 days
*Unit standard 24089 must be included unless you have either: Qualified on this unit standard within 12 months of the current course, or, qualified on this unit standard more than 12 months prior to the current course and can prove you have retained the knowledge and skills to be competent in this unit. Please note that a trainee's NZQA record of learning/record of achievement is not acceptable evidence, as this does not verify that the unit was completed as part of a Transport Agency approved driver licensing course. See 'NZTA Statement of Approval Conditions' section 3.2 for full exemption conditions.
To apply for a P Endorsement you must have held a full Class 1 (car) licence for a minimum of 2 years. Note that holding an equivalent overseas licence does not meet this requirement, however you may be able to apply for an exemption.
To obtain a P Endorsement you are required to complete an Application for endorsement PVIO form which can be found at an AA licensing establishment. There are a number of compliances an individual must meet prior to receiving a P Endorsement. Check the form over, making sure of your eligibility to obtain the Endorsement prior to participating in a course.
The course requires a level of fitness to demonstrate competency for the skill being trained.
More information regarding the legal licensing requirements is available from the NZ Transport Agency at www.nzta.govt.nz.