, Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) , Fuel Consumption Information Project: Fuel Saver Online Consumer Guide
Country:New Zealand
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2008
Date Amended:


Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements, Information and Education>Performance Label>Comparison label
Policy Target:Transport>Vehicle type>Passenger vehicles, Transport>Fuel>Conventional fuel
Agency:Ministry of Transport; New Zealand Transportation Agency; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Legal References:The Energy Efficiency (Vehicle Fuel Economy Labelling) Regulations 2007 came into effect on Monday 7 April 2008
Funding:NZD 4.8 million a year is allocated to MEPS and labelling, ENERGY STAR and Vehicle Fuel Economy Rating.
Evaluation:EECA regularly undertakes labelling compliance surveys and has commissioned market research on the consumer recognition of the label; both activities provide a benchmark for ongoing comparison of the coverage and influence of the label over time. EECA has also undertaken more in-depth evaluative research to assess as far as possible the impact the label has had on influencing consumer purchase behaviour and improving the average efficiency of passenger vehicles on the NZ market.
Penalty:If a label is not displayed on a vehicle for sale, or the fuel economy information with its website listing, then sellers may be liable for a fine of up to NZD 5,000 per vehicle.

The Energy Efficiency (Vehicle Fuel Economy Labelling) Regulations were first published in 2007. The Vehicle Fuel Economy Labelling scheme came into effect in April 2008 and makes it compulsory for vehicle traders and online vendors to display information about the fuel economy of their vehicles.

The aim of the programme is to allow consumers to make a more informed choice when purchasing a vehicle and to place an appropriate value on fuel economy. They are intended to allow consumers to take into account the effect that fuel efficiency will have on the environment and their fuel costs. This is designed to stimulate the supply and purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles. The regulations require motor vehicle traders to display fuel economy labels on all vehicles (except for electric vehicles), provided a fuel economy label is available. The seller should use the information provided on the vehicle fuel economy label generator page (see http://www.eeca.govt.nz/vehicle-fuel-economy-labels/label-generator#970). These regulations apply to any vehicle sold by a motor vehicle trader or on internet trading websites. The fuel economy information is expressed as:

  • 1. fuel economy cost per year;
  • 2. fuel economy rating out of 6 stars;
  • 3. fuel economy litres per 100km.

This policy contributes to the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and New Zealand Strategy 2011-16 economy-wide energy efficiency target for New Zealand to continue to achieve a rate of energy intensity improvement of 1.3 percent per annum and transport sector target "By 2016: The efficiency of light vehicles entering the fleet should have further improved from 2010 levels." As at the end of June 2017, market research showed that 94% of vehicles on yards have fuel economy information available and 98% of new cars had this information displayed.


2011 - A voluntary version of the label was introduced in 2011 for electric vehicles

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Transport, Measures to improve vehicle fuel efficiency

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