Chapter 3 – Authority Card Process



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The New Zealand Hot Rod Association (NZHRA) has administered the LVV Fender Exemption Authority Card system concession vigilantly for its members since 1992, using its club and regional Zone Director network to ensure that this privilege is not abused. The system is sometimes criticised as being too restrictive and overly complex, with its conditions of vehicle year, membership period, and use of log books. In considering this issue, it’s important to also consider what the options might have been had NZHRA not taken the matter seriously and implemented a robust system. To follow is a brief historical overview of how the system as we know it came to be, as a result of negotiations that took place with the Government over 20 years ago, and some thoughts on how we should be viewing the system we have today as a result of those negotiations and agreements.


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