Vehicle safety WoF frequency changes from January 2014

Issue 53 – September 2013

The Warrant of Fitness (WoF) system contributes to ensuring vehicles on our roads are safe through regular inspections of New Zealand's light vehicle fleet. Inspections aim to prevent crashes caused by vehicle defects and reduce the severity of those that do occur.

The Government has decided to change the WoF inspection frequency and changes to the Warrant of Fitness (WoF) inspection system will be introduced in two stages.

  • From 1 January 2014, light vehicles first registered between 2004 and 2008 will be required to have an annual, rather than the current 6-monthly WoF inspection.
  • From 1 July 2014, annual WoF inspections will be extended to include all light vehicles first registered anywhere on or after 1 January 2000. Also from this date, new vehicles will receive an initial WoF inspection, another one when they're 3 years old, then annual WoF inspections for their lifetime.

Vehicles first registered anywhere before 1 January 2000 will remain on 6-monthly WoF inspections for their lifetime.

→ Read the full media release

→ For more information visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website

Summarised from a New Zealand Government media release, 9 August 2013 and from the NZTA website.

Published in transport.