Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has invited people to comment(external link) on changes to the warrant of fitness (WoF) and certificate of fitness (CoF) inspection frequency requirements.

The NZ Transport Agency released the proposed amendment Rule, Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance Amendment (No 2) 2013 on 23 April 2013. The Rule implements the frequency changes agreed to by Cabinet in 2013 for private vehicles (WoF) and heavy and commercial vehicles (CoF).

“As well as saving New Zealanders $1.8 billion (in today’s money) over 30 years, the changes modernise the 70-year-old WoF inspection system while maintaining road safety,” Mr Brownlee says.

For most vehicles it’s proposed to introduce new WoF inspection frequency on 1 April 2014. To help the vehicle industry adapt to lower inspection volumes and smooth the transition it’s proposed that:

  • From 1 October 2013, a vehicle registered anywhere on or after 1 January 2004 (eg, up to nine years old) will require an annual WoF
  • From 1 April 2014, other vehicles first registered anywhere on or after 1 January 2000 will require an annual WoF. Also from this date, a vehicle with an initial inspection won’t need another inspection until three years after its date of first registration.

The NZTA welcomes any comment about any implementation or compliance issues that would need to be considered around these proposals. Submissions(external link) close at 5pm, Friday 31 May 2013.

The changes to the WoF inspection frequency are:

  • after initial inspection, no further inspection until vehicles are three years-old
  • annual inspections for vehicles three years and older, first registered anywhere on or after 1 January 2000
  • six-monthly inspections for vehicles first registered before 1 January 2000.

The change to the CoF inspection frequency is:

  • to keep the current default six-monthly inspection frequency but allowing NZTA to vary inspection frequency from three to 12 months depending on a transport operator’s safety performance.

Make a submission on the Land Transport Rule(external link)

Read the Cabinet decisions about Vehicle Licensing Reform


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