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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.

Other changes

  • 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).