VTNZ new provider for practical driver testing

VTNZ is set to take over Class 1 Practical Driver Licence Testing in 2015

AMS Group believes in creating skilled drivers and smarter drivers on New Zealand roads.  

The change to the VTNZ as the preferred supplier of practical driver testing for Class 1 licencing is a clear indication that the low pass rates (55% of resticted licence tests - source NZTA) is not sustainable.

This change of preferred supplier is positive especilly with an improved customer experience, process simplification and a focus on accessibility.  Preparation through education and training is a critical part of this experience. 

Please see the press release from VTNZ below.


VTNZ has been chosen as the preferred supplier by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to take over all practical driver testing from 1 May 2015.

VTNZ customers can already apply for or renew a driver’s licence at 25 out of VTNZ’s 82 stations nationwide – now New Zealand’s road safety experts will be able to test them as well.

“We’re excited to have another opportunity to positively influence safety on our roads,” says CEO Mike Walsh.

“Getting a driver’s license is an important rite of passage for many Kiwis – unfortunately for some it can be complicated, confusing and scary.

“We want to improve people’s experience of the testing process, just as we have with other services, and the aim is a process that’s simpler, clearer and more accessible for everyone.  We’ll be working closely with the NZ Transport Agency to ensure the integrity and consistency of the process.”

“VTNZ already performs over 1,000,000 car and truck inspections in New Zealand every year, as well as a host of other services, such as pre-purchase inspections and roadside assistance.

“Now, we’re in a position to offer our customers an even more inclusive service,” he says.

Assuming responsibility for driver testing is the first step in a major expansion of VTNZ’s services for New Zealand drivers. Over the next year, VTNZ will be rolling out a series of initiatives aimed at improving New Zealanders’ experience on the road.

“Getting a driver’s licence isn’t just about the practical test – the process starts much earlier with the theory and training,” says Mr Walsh.  “We’ll be working with other providers such as driver training specialist AMS Group to provide a complete service to help train skilled, confident drivers.”


Press release from VTNZ