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If you want to tow (or carry) vehicles for "hire or reward" you will need a 'V' (vehicle recovery) driver licence endorsement. The endorsement works with the class of licence you have - so if you are towing a car and the weight of your truck and the car you are towing will not be more than 6,000 kg all together, then you would be able to use your "V" endorsement with a Class 1 (car) full licence.
Most tow trucks are Class 2 - but if you want to drive a bigger wrecker, you will need a Class 4 or 5 licence as well as your 'V' endorsement.
This course also covers the requirements of Logbooks unless already held (no more than 12 months prior).
This endorsement will need to be renewed every five years.
NZQA Unit Standards
17580: Demonstrate knowledge of driver requirements for vehicle recovery.
24089: Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, work time, and driver logbook requirements (may not be required if completed within 12 months prior)
Attendance Numbers: Minimum 2
Course Duration: Approx. 1/2-day V endorsement only (pre-reading required)
Approx. 1 & 1/2-days V endorsement and logbook (pre-reading required)
Course Location: TBC
Course Cost: V endorsement only course $500+gst per person
V endorsement & Logbook $850+gst per person
Mileage: $100+gst to Auckland, Hamilton & Tauranga and .95c+gst per km everywhere else
Credit reporting costs not charged when minimum attendance is met (credit reporting cost - $10 per credit)
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