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In-service VIRM amendment effective 1 July 2014 (affects both WoF and CoF)

This amendment covers the remaining changes relating to WoF frequencies and the introduction of variable CoF frequencies, as well as a number of minor technical changes. The changes covered in this amendment came into effect on 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.

Please check out the relevant list of changes:

Important note: In addition, located above the list of changes, we are now providing the changes in the form of a collection of screenshots. This can be viewed on screen or printed out and shared around the workshop and was designed as a result of feedback from our recent survey.


For more information about the WoF and CoF frequency changes, please visit the Transport Agency website: