In-service VIRM amendment effective 1 January 2014 (affects both WoF and CoF)
The list of changes:
Overview of the changes
This amendment has resulted from law changes that came into effect on 1 January 2014 and covers the following 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.
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. Addition of approved MAHA brake tester to WoF and CoF approved brake testing equipment.
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).