In response to the latest COVID-19 outbreak, changes to several Acts were made to better manage the impact of lockdowns and health restrictions. This package of changes was passed in October 2021 as the COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Act 2021.
The Land Transport Act 1998 (LTA) was one of the Acts amended as part of this process. These changes to the LTA allow notices required to be sent under the LTA to be sent electronically by email, on a temporary basis.
The purpose of the electronic servicing amendments is to:
- ease the burden on the postal system during COVID-19 lockdowns by limiting physical contact between people who are processing, delivering, or receiving the notices
- allow enforcement bodies (such as Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Councils and NZ Police) to conduct their work remotely.