The holder of a Class 1 learner or restricted driver licence may drive any rigid motor vehicle with a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of not more than 6,000kg provided the actual on road weight does not exceed 4,500kg. The other requirements for a Learner or Restricted licence regarding carrying of passengers and restricted hours also apply.
The holder of a full Class 1 driver licence may drive any rigid vehicle with a GVM of not more than 6,000kg. If towing any other vehicle the aggregate (total) of the GVM’s of both vehicles must not exceed 6,000kg. If it does a full Class 2 licence is required.
For further information you may obtain a copy of NZ Transport Agency Factsheet No 11 from any of their offices or agents. It is also available free of charge from their website www.nzta.govt.nz/factsheets and scroll down to No 11.