New Zealand places some strict requirements on car rental companies to reduce the risk to the driver of the car, as it is illegal to carry a mobile phone or GPS device via satellite.
New Zealand has strict rules on car rental for tourists: if it turns out that the driver does not know enough about driving in the country, companies can refuse to serve him.
The rules are part of a voluntary code of conduct signed by many car rental companies in New Zealand to reduce the number of traffic accidents, according to the German Foreign Ministry.
Penalty of using a mobile phone and a notification while driving in New Zealand
These rules are due to the fact that incidents have increased dramatically in recent years, with the number of young tourists among victims increasing.
Foreign clients are briefed on the state of New Zealand's roads when they go to rent a car and are asked about their driving experience.
New Zealand's transport authorities say people who want to drive in the country should know that the steering wheel is on the left, and that many roads are narrow and windy.
The law prohibits the use of a telephone while driving, according to the country's transport authority.