About our industry

In New Zealand, the majority of rental vehicle operators are closely linked to the tourism sector, helping international and domestic travellers explore New Zealand.


This means operators rely on accurate and timely information from key government agencies about changes in the tourism industry. As an association, we play a key role in finding out and communicating that information to our members, as well as informing government agencies on matters which affect policy decisions.


The industry is closely regulated, with transport operators having to meet specific legal requirements in order to operate. These include the operator’s obligation to hold a transport service licence, vehicles must have a Certificate of Fitness, and rental agreements must comply with elements of transport law and the Fair Trading Act.


From relevant legal requirements to up-to-date information and resources, our role as the authoritative voice of the industry means we can help all parties gain the full and timely information they need.




RVA Priorities for 2022/2023


Freedom Camping Review.

Continue to grow the RVA membership

Organise another successful annual conference with industry-relevant content to challenge, inform and develop the knowledge of members who attend.

Continue to make the public and the media aware of the actual risk of overseas drivers versus the exaggerated perception, using up-to-date MOT and Waka Kotahi NZTA data

We’re working with TIA to grow membership to the Overseas Driver’s Code of Practice.

Reviewing and developing new initiatives and resources to assist members to manage the risks around visiting drivers

Monitoring and managing potential fair trading law breaches that may negatively impact the industry.

We’re working with members to ensure their rental agreements and current practice comply with relevant legislation, such as the Fair Trading Act 1986 and the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993

Develop our knowledge of new business models and technology affecting the industry, and creating tools to adapt these changes. 

Lobby on behalf of the industry on various matters where multiple operators are impacted.