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1 July 2014

 WoF and general changes

  • WoF frequency – a new or nearly new light vehicle may be issued with a WoF that expires on the vehicle’s third anniversary from its date of first registration anywhere. Any vehicles first registered anywhere from 1/1/2000 will be on a 12 month WoFs, and any vehicles first registered anywhere before 1/1/2000 will be on 6 month WoFs. There are no further changes for WoFs issued to heavy vehicles exempt from CoF and agricultural vehicles.
  • Daytime running lamps for motorcycles and class LE vehicles – remove the requirement for candela (this was not supposed to have been in the VIRM in the first place)
  • General re-write of the manual overview to better reflect the current electronic manual
  • Addition of approved brake testers
  • Head restraints – clarify that rear head restraints may be removed
  • Motorcycle engine and transmission – clarify that the addition of a turbo or supercharger always requires LVV certification.

CoF only changes

  • Variable CoF frequency – the NZ Transport Agency may specify a CoF frequency for a vehicle other than 6 months provided the operator has met certain conditions. The CoF frequency for a vehicle, eg 3, 6 or 12 months, is identified on Landata.
  • PSV doors and doorways – clarify that the door open warning device may operate when the vehicle is stationary or when it is driven away
  • Transport service licence – add TSL requirement for light vehicle recovery service vehicles
  • Heavy PSV section – remove heavy vehicle equipment (outriggers) and load anchorages as they are unlikely to be found on heavy PSVs
  • Heavy PSV entry and exit steps, ramps and hoists – clarify which requirements UN/ECE compliant PSVs must comply with
  • Technical bulleting (CoF) 1 – correct requirements for expiry dates for heavy vehicle component certifications.
28 April 2014

This amendment covers a small number of general technical changes and tidy-ups, as summarised below:

  • Headlamps (WoF and CoF)
    • Clarify that a pair of headlamps may consist of a symmetric and an asymmetric headlamp.
    • Improve wording relating to pairs of headlamps requiring to be of approximately equal colour and intensity (this change will also be made for other relevant lamps).
  • Tyres and wheels (WoF and CoF)
    • Prohibit car tyres on two-wheeled motorcycles.
    • Add new combination to tyre interchangeability table (generally affects only heavy vehicles).
  • Fuel system (WoF and CoF)
    • Clarify allowable corrosion and other damage around fuel tank mountings.
  • Heavy vehicle 5th wheel, ball coupling/socket for towing semi-trailer, king pin (CoF only)
    • Clarify that a certification plate/label is only required for ball-type coupling.
    • Advise that 5th wheel operator statements of compliance (NZTA 4085A forms) can be obtained from CoF providers.
  • Load anchorages (CoF only)
    • Clarify what additional modifications and repairs have to be certified.
  • PSV doors and doorways (CoF only)
    • Clarify line of sight for power-operated door testing.
    • Introduce Technical bulletin (CoF) 5 specifying the PSV power-operated door testing procedure.
1 January 2014
Law changes effective from 1 January 2014 have resulted in the following VIRM changes:

New WoF expiry dates for light vehicles

From 1 January 2014, there will be three groups of vehicles with different WoF expiry regimes:

  • Light vehicles (except agricultural vehicles): From 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2014, vehicles first registered anywhere from 1 January 2004 will be eligible for 12 months, pre-2004 vehicles will remain on 6-month WoFs. Further changes will happen on 1 July 2014. This is a change away from the current regime (12-month WoFs for vehicles under 6 years old, 6-month WoFs for vehicles 6 years or older).
  • Agricultural vehicles: will be on 12-month WoFs regardless of vehicle age, a change which came into effect on 11 November 2013.
  • Heavy vehicles exempt from CoF: no change for these vehicles, they will retain the current WoF expiry regime, ie 12-month WoFs for vehicles under 6 years old, and 6-month WoFs for vehicles 6 years or older.

Other changes

  • Clarify the WoF or CoF expiry reference date for vehicles that have not had a previous WoF or CoF.
  • Removal of scratchbuilt vehicle definition, no effect on WoF.

Changes affecting CoF only

  • Clarify when a 12-month CoF can be issued to a new rental car.
  • For heavy trucks and buses, there is an alternative check for air brake reservoir capacity for vehicles complying with ADR standards (same as for those complying with European standards).
  • For heavy trailer brakes, include reference to mechanical wind-on parking brakes for TC class trailers, and add provisions for heavy trailers fitted with WABCO PREV valve with EBS or Knorr-Bremse TEBS G2 EBS (previously covered by exemptions).
11 November 2013

WoF frequency and related changes for agricultural motor vehicles

From 11 November 2013, agricultural tractors and machines are eligible for a 12 month WoF, regardless of their age. Other tractors and machines, as well as other unclassified vehicles and forklifts, remain on the current WoF regime, ie 12 month WoF up to 6 years age, and 6 month WoF if older than 6 years. We also had to develop a new inspection group to deal with the different WoF regimes for these vehicles. Everyone who currently has inspection group 5 for ‘Heavy vehicles exempt CoF’ will automatically get the new inspection group 6 for ‘Agricultural motor vehicles’. These changes have made the WoF requirements a bit more complicated, so please read the VIRM changes carefully, particularly those in the Tractor introduction section.

New WoF label

As advised in a recent WoF news, we have developed a new WoF label which will cover four years at a time instead of the usual single year. This was necessary to cater for the new maximum of three year WoF expiry which will come into effect July 2014. The new label will be available from mid-November and will cover the years 2014 to 2017. If you have any single year 2014 WoF labels, please use these up first before using the new labels.

Technical bulletin 2 (CoF) – OEM wheel rim options (affecting CoF only)

Wheel rim options for some Scania models have been added to the bulletin.

14 October 2013
  • Clarify that in order for some heavy motorhomes to qualify for WoF, they must have been registered as motorhomes before 1/1/1992.
  • ATVs that require a WoF will get inspected under the Unclassified vehicles section.
  • Clarify new WoF/CoF expiry dates after a vehicle has been issued with a pink or green sticker or have had their WoF/CoF /temporary permit revoked.
  • Clarify vehicle inspector five year work experience (change from five years continuous to five years cumulative).
  • Clarify process for dealing with a vehicle that has its VIN or chassis number tampered with which includes completing a report form.
  • A-frames will now be allowed to be fitted to vehicles that are required to comply with frontal impact standards provided certain requirements are met.
  • Clarification on how to deal with seat covers fitted over seats with integrated airbags (this modification is allowed).
  • Clarify towing and brake requirements for trailers with a laden weight below 2000kg when presented, but that will have a laden weight of more than 2000kg when normally operated on the road (eg car/boat/horse trailers)
  • New Technical bulletin 9 for leaking/misting shock absorbers (previously in WoF news 17)
  • New Technical bulletin 10 for brake test procedures for certain brake systems on certain vehicles, starting with BMW vehicles. This bulletin may expand or become more generalised in future.

Changes affecting CoF only:

  • Side marker lamps: The VIRM is being amended to retrospectively require side marker lamps on heavy vehicles manufactured from 1/1/2006 to only have amber light to the front (pre-2006 vehicles may continue to have amber or white to the front). This is because post-2006 heavy vehicles lamps fitted to heavy vehicles manufactured from 1/1/2006 must comply with approved standards which only allow amber to the front.
  • Clarification of definition of and requirements for axle stop devices.
  • Heavy vehicle specialist certifier codes have been updated throughout the VIRM (the codes changed on 1 August 2013).
1 June 2013

This amendment covers new rule changes mainly affecting agricultural vehicles and the Tractor section, specifically:

  • Changes to various definitions: Vehicles such as the JCB Fastrac (capable of exceeding 50km/h) are now defined as tractors and will no longer need a CoF and don’t need border/entry certification. There are also a number of new definitions related to agricultural vehicles.
  • Agricultural vehicles will not need to be inspected if operated at 40km/h or less, and only require a WoF if operated above 40km/h (currently the threshold is based around 30km/h).
  • Simplified requirements for towing connections.
  • Increased front overhang from 3m to 4m.
  • Introduced alternative hazard warning panels for all over-dimension vehicles, and allow hi-viz paint instead of panels for excess front overhang on agricultural vehicles.
  • We have removed a number of unnecessary sections from the tractor section for components that are not normally fitted to tractors and machines, such as head restraints, fog lamps, cosmetic lamps etc.
  • We have decided to retain the existing range of vehicles currently covered by the tractor section, which includes land management and roading operations vehicles. However, note that for non-agricultural vehicles the WoF threshold remains at 30km/h.
1 November 2012

This amendment covers changes to the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004 relating to forklift lighting, and to the Land Transport Rule: Glazing Windscreen Wipe and Wash and Mirrors 1999 relating to stickers on motorsport vehicles. These changes came into effect on 1 November 2012.

For CoF, this amendment also clarifies heavy vehicle glazing requirements related to the critical vision area and wire mesh stoneguards, and updates the heavy vehicle specialist certifier categories for the LT400 form.

1 October 2012 This amendment covers a number of changes to the Land Transport Rule: Passenger Service Vehicles 1999 which came into effect on 1 October 2012. The main changes relate to wheelchair restraints, reducing the risk of fire on rear-engined buses, safety of power-operated doors and driver vision. There are a small number of other minor technical rule changes resulting in minor VIRM changes.

This amendment also includes changes to the dimension requirements, allowing for external cameras on buses and ferry-tie downs.

This amendment does not affect WoF inspections.