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2 Water- or fire-damaged vehicles

Applicable legislation
Application
  • This document applies to any vehicle undergoing entry-level certification that may have suffered water or fire damage.
Note 1

Water- or fire-damaged vehicles imported from Japan may not have been de-registered in Japan. This means that vehicles imported from Japan presented with registration documents only are more ‘at risk’ vehicles.

Note 2

Do not rule out the possibility that privately imported vehicles have suffered water or fire damage.

Vehicles flagged at the border

If water or fire damage is detected on a vehicle during a border inspection, the vehicle will be flagged as damaged and the details forwarded to the NZTA's Data Integrity team (Lead Specialist, Border Checks).

The Lead Specialist will then record a water or fire damage message in the vehicle notes on LANDATA. This message reads as follows:

‘Water-damaged vehicle. Must be certified by a specialist repair certifier.’

or

'Fire damaged vehicle. Must be certified by a specialist repair certifier. Not to be certified by an IO without approval from NZTA NO.'

Any vehicle that has a water or fire damage message attached must be referred to a specialist repair certifier before processing for registration, as the vehicle may not be able to be economically repaired.

Note 3

Specialist repair certifier in this case means a light vehicle repair certifier or heavy vehicle specialist certifier as applicable to the vehicle class.

Water or fire damage detected by IOs

If an IO carrying out entry-level certification detects water or fire damage on a vehicle that has not been flagged for damage at the border, the vehicle must be referred to a specialist repair certifier. The IO must notify the NZTA’s Assessments team (Border Checks – phone 0800 804 580, fax 06 953 6267), so that the vehicle can be added to the list of water and fire damaged vehicles recorded on the website. They must also record the water or fire damage message (as above) in the vehicle notes on LANDATA.

Documentation to be provided with water or fire damaged vehicles
Light vehicles

a) The following documents must be presented with a water-damaged vehicle before it can be processed for registration:

b) The following documents must be presented with a fire-damaged vehicle before it can be processed for registration:

Heavy vehicles

Documentation to be provided with water or fire damaged vehicles: a) The following documents must be presented with a water-damaged vehicle before it can be processed for registration:

  • An LT400

b) The following documents must be presented with a fire-damaged vehicle before it can be processed for registration:

  • An LT400, and
  • An original letter (LT351F) from the NZ Transport Agency.

Every repair certification of a fire-damaged vehicle is audited by the NZTA. The LT351F letter confirms that an audit has been conducted on the vehicle specified, and that the correct repair certification process has been followed. If a vehicle is presented without an LT351F, the IO must contact Technical Support, Access and Use, NZTA National Office.

Page amended 1 November 2014 (see amendment details).