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VIRM: In-service certification update –
effective 1 November 2014

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Introduction

2 Overview of the manual

  • New paragraph referring to CoF only inspection organisations.

3-1 Duties and responsibilities

  • References and requirements added relating to the Notice of Appointment, quality management system (QMS), code of conduct and fit and proper persons guidelines.

3-3 Establishing whether the vehicle requires a WoF or CoF

  • Section 3.3.3 – a couple of extra items added regarding agricultural trailers not requiring WoF or CoF.

3-6 Checksheets

  • Links to section 3-7 added.

3-7 Recording the inspection outcome (‘determination’)

  • Additional reasons added as to why inspection details must be entered into the system before the vehicle leaves the inspecting organisation’s premises
  • Email now an option as well as fax for when WoF online is down.

3-8 Issuing the WoF or CoF label - ‘evidence of vehicle inspection’ - or temporary permit

  • Old WoF label example deleted
  • New multi-year CoF label added.

3-9 Collecting fees

  • There is no longer a regulated fee for duplicate labels

4 Complaints

  • PRS replaced by QMS
  • Dealing with failed CoF inspections for vehicles subject to the operator rating system.

5 Inspection premises and equipment

  • Heavily amended to reflect new requirements. Please read carefully.
  • Includes list of approved brake testers for CoF (light vehicles)
  • New approved brake tester added.

6 Appointments

  • Entire section rewritten and now includes new inspector types and classes they can inspect, and experience and qualification requirements. Please read carefully.

7 Definitions and abbreviations

Definitions added for:

  • Code of conduct
  • Conflict of interest
  • Controlled document
  • Entry inspecting organisation
  • Notice of appointment
  • QMS
  • Transport Agency
  • VIN issuing agent

8 Sample certification documents

  • LT400 form updated.

General vehicles

2-1 External projections

  • Table 2-1-1 – link to LPSV 3-3 deleted (LPSV 3-3 PSV roof racks also deleted)

3-1 Structure (incl frontal impact)

  • Table 3-1-1 – link to LPSV 3-3 deleted (LPSV 3-3 PSV roof racks also deleted)

7-5 Seatbelts and seatbelt anchorages

  • Added clarification: Remaining seatbelt components no longer need to be checked for positions where seats and some but not all seatbelt components have been removed.

8-1 Service brake and parking brake

  • New Rfr: “36. The parking brake is unusually difficult to apply or release.”
  • New Rfr: “14.d) reservoir fluid level is below the minimum indicator where this is visible externally.”

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • New Rfr 14 regarding air bag bellows and external damage
  • New Rfr 16e – During operation “the vehicle does not self-centre” (copied from GV 10-2 Hubs and axles)
  • Air suspension included in ‘other suspension component’
  • Suspension system definition added in notes
  • Note 5 - The ride height is measured from the centre of the wheel to the underside of the wheel arch when the vehicle is unladen.

Heavy vehicles

2-1 External projections

  • Table 2-1-1 – link to LPSV 3-3 deleted (LPSV 3-3 PSV roof racks also deleted)

8-1 Service brake, parking brake and heavy vehicle emergency brake

  • New Rfr: “40. The parking brake is unusually difficult to apply or release.”

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • Definitions of Steering system and Suspension system added in notes.

12-5 Heavy vehicle fifth wheel or ball coupling (for towing a semi-trailer)

  • Permitted fifth wheel standards updated and added.

14-1 Load anchorages

  • J-hooks used for the retention of demountable body assemblies, for example produce or fertilizer bins, must be certified to NZS5444. Also see new Technical bulletin (CoF) 6.

Light PSVs

2-1 External projections

  • Table 2-1-1 – link to LPSV 3-3 deleted (LPSV 3-3 PSV roof racks also deleted).

3-2 Stability

  • Fitting of a roof rack no longer requires LVV certification.

3-3 PSV roof racks

  • Deleted, no specific requirements for roof racks fitted to light PSVs.

6-2 PSV doors and doorways

  • Updated Note 3 regarding driver’s view of door and when to refer to Technical bulletin (CoF) 5.

7-5 Seatbelts and seatbelt anchorages

  • Added clarification: Remaining seatbelt components no longer need to be checked for positions where seats and some but not all seatbelt components have been removed.

8-1 Service brake and parking brake

  • New Rfr: “36. The parking brake is unusually difficult to apply or release.”
  • New Rfr: “14.d) reservoir fluid level is below the minimum indicator where this is visible externally.”

Heavy PSVs

2-1 External projections

  • Table 2-1-1 – link to LPSV 3-3 deleted (LPSV 3-3 PSV roof racks also deleted)

3-3 Heavy PSV

  • Roof rack sign or plate must be rated by vehicle manufacturer or HVS certifier.

6-2 PSV doors and doorways

  • Updated Note 3 regarding driver’s view of door and when to refer to TB CoF 5.

Motorcycles

8-1 Service brake and parking brake

  • New Rfr: “15.d) reservoir fluid level is below the minimum indicator where this is visible externally.”

General trailer

5-1 Service brake, parking brake, emergency brake and breakaway brake

  • New Rfr: “5.d) reservoir fluid level is below the minimum indicator where this is visible externally.”

6-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • Rfr 7 Air suspension included in ‘other suspension component’
  • Rfr 7e ‘air’ added to excessive leakage reasons for rejection
  • New Rfr 8 regarding air bag bellows and external damage
  • Suspension system definition added in notes.

8-1 Light trailer drawbar and kingpin

  • Updated legal requirements relating to coupling conditions (no effect on Rfrs)
  • Clarified mounting damage extent, and to include a pin (eg for removal of tongue).

Heavy trailer

6-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • Definitions of Steering system and Suspension system added in notes.

8-6 Heavy vehicle fifth wheel or ball coupling (for towing a semi-trailer)

  • Permitted fifth wheel standards updated and added.

10-1 Load anchorages

  • J-hooks used for the retention of demountable body assemblies, for example produce or fertilizer bins, must be certified to NZS5444. Also see new Technical bulletin (CoF) 6.

Technical bulletins

4 Taximeter compliance

  • Included requirements for taxi meters that cannot be sealed.

5 Power-operated door test procedure (PSV)

  • Re-titled
  • Updated Note 1 regarding driver’s view of door.

6 Anchorage of demountable body assemblies

  • New Technical bulletin that applies to the vehicles fitted with bin type demountable body assemblies (other than stock crates) that are restrained using J-hook lashing systems.