Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has invited people to comment on the Land Transport Rule that will put some of government’s Vehicle Licensing Reform decisions into effect.

The NZ Transport Agency has released the proposed amendment Rule, Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance Amendment (No 2) 2013 for consultation.

The Rule will incorporate into law Cabinet's 2013 decisions about the frequency of in-service vehicle inspections for warrant of fitness and certificate of fitness.

The decisions about warrant of fitness inspection frequency were:

  • 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 decision about certificate of fitness inspection frequency was:

  • keeping 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.

Read Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee’s media release(external link)

Read the Questions and Answers about the Rule consultation(external link)

Read Cabinet's 2013 decisions about Vehicle Licensing Reform

Overview of Vehicle Licensing Reform

Proposed timing of the change

Warrant of fitness

To assist the vehicle inspection industry with the transition to the new inspection frequencies it is proposed that the changes are phased in:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 require another inspection until three years after its date of first registration.

The NZ Transport Agency welcomes feedback(external link) on the proposal for phasing-in the WoF frequency changes.

Certificate of fitness

It is proposed to introduce the extended inspection frequency on 1 April 2014.