Guide to the Subsidy (2288 KB)
After you've been issued with an alcohol interlock sentence, you'll be given a 28-day disqualification. When this disqualification has ended, you'll need to get an interlock installed in your vehicle. The NZ Transport Agency may grant you subsidy assistance for some interlock costs if your financial circumstances qualify you for a subsidy.
You may be eligible for a subsidy if:
Contact Smart Start on 0800 002 182 and we'll walk you through the standard costs. We'll also help you find out if you're eligible for a subsidy.
If you're granted subsidy assistance, you won't have to pay for:
The subsidy will only last for 15 months. If you haven't been given approval to exit the programme and had the device removed from your vehicle within 15 months of getting your alcohol interlock licence, you won't be eligible for any further subsidised fees.
If you miss more than one monthly service in a row, your subsidy may stop.
Call Smart Start on 0800 002 182 if you think you might not be able to get to your monthly services.
If your circumstances change partway through your sentence and you now meet the financial criteria, you may be eligible to have the rest of your alcohol interlock costs subsidised.
Remember to include your full name, driver licence number and contact phone number. If Smart Start has provided you with your alcohol interlock device, tell the NZTA this too. The NZTA will then advise Smart Start of your change in circumstance so we can update your alcohol interlock pricing plan.