Airside Driving Permits

Auckland Airport requires any personnel who wish to operate a vehicle or any equipment airside to hold a valid Airside Driving Permit and be operating a vehicle or equipment that has a valid Airside Vehicle Permit at all times, unless under escort (see Airside Vehicle Escort)

Airside Driving Permit (ADP)

Any personal operating a vehicle or equipment airside must hold at minimum a Stage 1 ADP. This enables the holder to operate solely on the Red and White, and Blue and White road system, the Perimeter Road and aprons, - behind the Red and White checked line.

To operate on a manoeuvring area, a person must hold a Stage 2 ADP, which will allow them to operate on the runway and taxiways, subject to clearance from Air Traffic Control (ATC). In addition to Stage 1 requirements, Stage 2 requires the applicant to have a Flight Radio Telephony Operators (FRTO) rating or equivalent, successfully completed the Stage 2 theory test and practical test with an AOT member.

ADP Requirements

  1. CAA AIC
  2. New Zealand Driver’s License
  3. Understanding of Airside Driving Rules and Rules for Airside Workers

Steps to obtaining a Stage 1 Airside Driving Permit

  1. Applicant to have read and understood the Airside Driving and Vehicle Permit Rules document in conjunction with Rules for Airside Workers document.
  2. The employer or supervisor of applicant to sign and endorse the ADP application form, provided the applicant is confident and understands rules and requirements for airside driving.
  3. Applicant to visit the Permit office with the following items to sit a computer-based theory test, which consists of 30 multiple choice questions (must get at least 27 of the 30 questions correct to pass)
    1. CAA AIC
    2. Current New Zealand Driver’s License or International Licence
    3. ADP application form endorsed by employer or supervisor
  4. Upon successful completion, the applicant will be required to complete a minimum of 10 hours practical driver training log with a valid ADP holder and complete the competency checklist.
  5. Upon completion of the practical driver training log, the applicant will be issued with an ADP, subject to approval from ADP/AVP Administrator.

Steps to obtaining a Stage 2 Airside Driving Permit

  1. Applicant to hold a Stage 1 ADP as a pre-requisite.
  2. Applicant to have read and understood the Airside Driving and Vehicle Permit Rules document
  3. Applicant to visit the Permit office to sit a theory test which consists of 20 multiple choice questions (100% pass mark is required)
  4. Upon successful completion of the theory test, the applicant will be notified to contact Apron 09 256 8990 to schedule a practical driving test, which also includes competency check on airfield geography, and radio telephony practices and procedures
  5. Upon successful completion of the practical test, the applicant will be notified via email to collect their Stage 2 ADP from the Permit office

Note: If an applicant fails the theory or practical test, the following stand down periods apply:

If an applicant fails an exam the following stand down periods will apply:

Number of time applicant has failed exam Stand down period
Once 1 calendar week
Twice 2 calendar week
Third Supervisor to contact Airfield Safety, Compliance and Standards Manager


Renewing ADP

An ADP is valid for a period of up to 3 years or until the CAA AIC expires, whichever comes first.

An ADP holder will be required to re-sit the computer-based theory test prior to the re-issue of their ADP, therefore, employers are encouraged to provide refresher training prior to the ADP holder resitting the ADP test.

For more information please refer to the Airside Driving and Vehicle Permit Rules (Section 1).


Airside Vehicle Permit (AVP)

Any person with a valid ADP can only operate a vehicle airside which has a valid AVP. A Category 1 AVP allows the user to operate solely on the Red and White, and Blue and White road system, the Perimeter Road and aprons- behind the Red and White checked line.

To operate on a manoeuvring area, the vehicle must have a Category 2 AVP, which will allow them to operate on the runway and taxiways.

AVP Requirements

  1. Current Warrant of Fitness (WOF), or Certificate of Fitness (COF)
  2. Confirmation of Insurance Statement, signed by the applicant’s insurance company or broker. The required insurances for both Category 1 and 2 AVP are:
    1. $20 million public liability, and
    2. $20 million vehicle third party
  3. Vehicle to have a clearly identifiable company logo, name or other such marking. If the company has more than one vehicle operating in the airside area it must also be numbered.

    In addition to the above, Category 2 AVP also requires vehicles to have,

  4. MLAT Transponder
  5. Amber rotating beacon at its highest point
  6. Two-way communications with ATC frequency on 121.9 MHz and Auckland Apron frequency 123.0 MHz.

Steps to obtaining a Category 1 Airside Vehicle Permit

  1. Applicant to submit Airside Vehicle Permit Application Form, along with Confirmation of Insurance Statement to adp@aucklandairport.co.nz.
  2. Within 3 working days applicant will be notified of the outcome of the application. Upon approval, the applicant will be advised to schedule an inspection to confirm AVP requirements are met before the AVP is issued.

Renewing AVP

The expiry of the initial validity period of the AVP will coincide with the first of the required insurances’ expiry.

For each subsequent AVP renewal, the applicant must submit another Confirmation of Insurance Statement, covering a 12-month period, and the AVP will be renewed for that further period of 12 months.

There is no amnesty period to allow for renewal of insurances to operate airside. Validity of insurance cover must be continual.

For more information please refer to the Airside Driving and Vehicle Permit Rules (Section 6).


Airside Vehicle Escort

Vehicles required to go airside, but do not have an AVP and/or ADP, must be escorted by their primary stakeholder. The escort can be provided by a valid ADP holder from the primary stakeholder, given there are no more than two vehicles or a single large vehicle in a single convoy.

Auckland Airport is able to provide an Airside Vehicle Escort Service in the event where the stakeholder is unable to. However, this service incurs a charge and requires a 48-hour notice.

To book an Airside Vehicle Escort, complete and submit the Airside Vehicle Safety Escort Request Form.