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VIRM: In-service certification (WoF and CoF) amendment
– effective 1 April 2020

List of changes

To view the current version of the page click on the link in the section column.

COVID-19 update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 1 April 2020 VIRM amendment has been modified to only include the 1 April 2020 legislated changes regarding ABS requirements on motorcycles. The other amendment changes are now delayed until the level 4 restrictions have been lifted.

Note that the amendments regarding certifications by Peter Wastney and Patrick Chu were made effective from 9 April 2020.

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Introduction

7 Definitions and abbreviations

  • New definitions added as a result to the amendment to Land Transport Rule: Light Vehicle Brakes 2002:
    • Antilock brake systems
    • Combined brake systems

General vehicles

Delayed 2-1 External projections
  • LVV threshold changes

Delayed 3-1 Structure

  • Minor changes to the bumper bar wording
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 7-1 Seats and seatbelt anchorages
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 7-3 Head restraints
  • LVV threshold changes

Delayed 7-5 Seatbelts and seatbelt anchorages

  • Rfr 9d updated with a note to say that the requirements do not apply to a seatbelt adjustment device as long as it is securely locked in place.
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 7-7 Interior impact
  • LVV threshold changes

8-1 Brakes

  • Rfr 32 added: A vehicle of class LE that is fitted with an antilock brake system has a means of disabling that system (unless the vehicle was originally manufactured with that means of disabling the system).
  • A twinned-wheeled class LE vehicle is no longer required to have a parking brake
  • Images of motorcycle dashboards added to assist the vehicle inspector to identify the ABS brake system warning lamp or self-check system
  • Delayed LVV threshold changes
Delayed 9-1 Steering and suspension
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 10-1 Tyres and wheels
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 10-3 Mudguards
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 13-1 Engine and transmission
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 13-2 Fuel system
  • LVV threshold changes
Delayed 13-5 Electric and hybrid electrical system
  • LVV threshold changes

Heavy vehicles

12-2 Towbar

  • Towbar certifications by Peter Wastney and Patrick Chu are now reasons for rejection. Sample plates also added. Published 9 April 2020.

12-3 Drawbeam

  • Drawbeam certifications by Peter Wastney and Patrick Chu are now reasons for rejection. Sample plates also added. Published 9 April 2020.

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

  • Rfr 3 reworded and an additional point added to Table 12-5-1 to give additional clarity regarding certification and fitting to standards and regulations

Light PSVs

Delayed 7-5 Seatbelts and seatbelt anchorages

  • See general vehicles

Delayed 15-1 Certificate of loading

  • RfR 2c updated to align with the change in 3-5 Establishing whether a vehicle   complies above
  • CoL sample image updated to show vehicle passenger details

Motorcycles

8-1 Brakes

  • A twinned-wheeled class LE vehicle is no longer required to have a parking brake
  • Rfr 29 added: A vehicle of class LE that is fitted with an antilock brake system has a means of disabling that system (unless the vehicle was originally manufactured with that means of disabling the system).
  • Images of motorcycle dashboards added to assist the vehicle inspector to identify the ABS brake system warning lamp or self-check system

General trailers

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

  • Note to table 5-1-1 updated to clarify that a compliant brake system requires a brake on each wheel of the trailer.

Heavy trailers

8-2 Towbar

  • Towbar certifications by Peter Wastney and Patrick Chu are now reasons for rejection. Sample plates also added. Published 9 April 2020.

8-3 Drawbar

  • Drawbeam certifications by Peter Wastney and Patrick Chu are now reasons for rejection. Sample plates also added. Published 9 April 2020.

8-4 Drawbeam

  • Drawbar certifications by Peter Wastney and Patrick Chu are now reasons for rejection. Sample plates also added. Published 9 April 2020.