In New Zealand, the majority of rental vehicle operators are closely linked to the tourism sector and play an important part in helping international and domestic travellers explore New Zealand.
The close working relationship with the tourism sector means that operators are reliant on accurate and timely information from key government agencies about changes in the tourism industry. As an association, we play a key role in communicating that information to our members, as well as providing information to government agencies on matters which affect policy decisions.
Due to our industry’s level of regulation, transport operators must meet specific legal requirements to be eligible to operate. Some of the requirements 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 the transport law and the fair trading act.
To stay on top of the industry’s legal requirements, we maintain a close relationship with relevant regulatory agencies to supply our members with up to date information and resources to ensure that all parties are aware of their legal obligations.
RVA Priorities 2018/19
- Working with members to ensure their rental agreements and current practice are compliant with all relevant legislation, such as the Fair Trading Act 1986 and the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
- Engaging with the Commerce Commission leading up to their industry review to understand their concerns and assist members in proactively make changes to policies and practice ahead of the review.
- Keep representing members’ interests in the upcoming insurance law review and keeping members informed of proposed changes and their impacts.
- Similarly, keep representing members’ interests in the upcoming review of the Insurance Prudential Supervision Act 2010, and keeping members informed of proposed changes and their potential impacts.
- Reviewing as well as developing resources to assist members manage the risks around visiting drivers.
- Making the public and the media aware of the actual risk of overseas drivers, versus the current negatively inflated perception using up to date MoT and NZTA data.
- Reviewing and updating the visiting Drivers Code of Compliance and continuing to sign up members to the Code.
- Organise a successful 2018 conference that has industry relevant content to challenge, inform and develop the knowledge of the members who attend.
- Growing the RVA membership, with a target of having 100 members by the end of 2019.
- Reviewing and adapting the Automobile Fleet Leasing Association (AFLA) Industry code for New Zealand market conditions.