Electronic stability control (ESC) in motor vehicles is to become mandatory for new and used vehicles imported into New Zealand.
ESC is a crash prevention system that intervenes if its sensors detect a vehicle start to skid or lose traction. It is able to independently control the braking of each wheel, and the torque provided by the engine, to correct the car and pull it back into line if it is skidding out of control.
On 26 February, the Ministry of Transport announced a proposed timetable for introducing ESC with all new registered light passenger and goods vehicles required to have the technology from 1 July 2015.
The Ministry is conducting public consultation on the draft Land Transport Rule mandating electronic stability control. There is more information on the Ministry of Transport website.