4 Technical bulletins
See also the Regulatory response COVID-19 H&S guidelines
The purpose of this technical bulletin is to:
- outline for inspecting organisations and vehicle inspectors (VIs) the temporary extended activities being offered to allow otherwise qualified vehicle inspectors to inspect outside their usual appointment.
- explain the temporary extension of recheck period for WoF and CoF (currently 28 days for in-service) and entry certification (currently 21 days from initial inspection).
Temporary extended activities by delegation to vehicle inspectors
Note: any business wanting to use this process will need to advise Waka Kotahi by emailing email@example.com to request an exemption from Section 2.4 (1) of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002. Waka Kotahi will then provide a letter detailing the conditions to delegate certain inspection and certification activities during recovery from COVID-19 restrictions.
See the sample delegation letter (PDF).
Principles and requirements
- The vehicle inspector with the appropriate appointment who signs the checksheets, and who delegates any of the activities to other vehicle inspectors as per the exemption, remains responsible for the entire inspection and certification outcome.
- Training will need to be provided and a record retained for additional responsibilities during this period (particularly lighting rules which differ between light and heavy vehicles).
- Each site utilising otherwise qualified VIs to assist will need to ensure the checksheet is completed to identify which VI has checked the items.
- Extended activities agreed regarding VI appointments will cease once the transition to compliance is achieved and will not extend beyond amended legislation dates (option to review)
- No responsibility can be afforded to an individual who does not hold at least one appointment (WoF or CoF).
- Waka Kotahi deems all components of a vehicle to have a safety element.
What this means in practice
See also the inspection assistance flowchart (PDF).
A WoF VI:
- can assist with some aspects of CoF A (Note: can complete group 26 car rentals),
- can assist with some aspects of CoF B
- can assist with some aspects of entry inspections
- must sign off on a WoF.
A CoF A VI:
- should already have a WoF appointment, and
- can assist with some aspects of CoF B
- is responsible for and must sign off a CoF A or WoF.
A CoF B VI:
- can assist with WoF and CoF A
- is responsible for and must sign off a CoF B.
An entry certifier:
- can assist with CoF A
- can assist with CoF B
- responsible for and must sign off entry inspections.
What type of assistance can be given by a non-appointed VI
A WoF VI may conduct parts of a CoF A PSV that are not specific PSV components (eg any parts that are common to WoF inspections). A CoF A VI must check all parts of any CoF A inspection that are PSV-specific.
A CoF B GSV VI could inspect non-PSV components of CoF B PSV as there is a large amount of VIRM inspection item crossover between the two groups. Examples are:
- Vehicle raised - jacking and barring of wheels, steering and suspension
- External projections and cab/body structure
- VIN, hubo, TSL
- Glazing standard markings
- Driveline and fuel system
- RBM performance brake test
- Underbody (providing anything specific to PSV to referred to the appropriate VI, such as exhaust shields and exit).
A PSV VI would still need to complete and be responsible for (sign off) the parts of the inspection that are directly related to PSV:
- COL and all interior components, including air test
- Certification of any certifiable components
- Underbody (PSV specific) and engine bay/under bonnet
- Exterior as this includes emergency exits and signage
- Emergency exits, interior and exterior.
All vehicle inspectors are required to hold a driver licence for the class of vehicle they are inspecting, as this will enable them to drive the vehicle they are inspecting in order to check out any potential defects and enable them to make a pass/fail determination. However, where a class 5 vehicle does not have to be driven by the vehicle inspector who is conducting the vehicle inspection, the minimum class of license to be held is a class 4 licence.
Providing the vehicle is accompanied with the a 4085B form, Waka Kotahi is comfortable with waiving the requirement of checking the fifth wheel operation test with a test bar, a note should be entered into LANDATA recording this. If the VI has reason to doubt the validity of the document then they should perform the test with the checking tool.
Summary of inspection and certification activities that may be delegated
The recording of:
- vehicle registration plate number
- vehicle Identification number
- hubodometer reading and serial number
- transport service licence number.
Inspecting the functionality of:
- dip beam
- main beam
- hazard lights
- brake lights
- window washers and wipers
Inspecting the condition of:
- tyre tread depth
When New Zealand first moved into the COVID-19 alert level system Waka Kotahi introduced a ‘stop clock’ system to allow vehicles in areas operating under level 3 or 4 restrictions an additional grace period for recheck inspections following a WoF, CoF or entry certification fail. With the introduction of the traffic light system (COVID-19 Protection Framework) this stop clock system is no longer in place and has been phased out.
Any vehicles previously operating under the stop clock process that were not reinspected whilst this process was in place now require a full new inspection.
In the event of further lockdowns this process will be revisited.
Page amended 14 January 2022 (see amendment details)
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Pre-registration and VIN
- 3 Inspection and certification
- 4 Technical bulletins
- 1 Replacement parts
- 2 Water- or fire-damaged vehicles
- 3 Vehicles modified to change vehicle class
- 4 Identifying a Honda Gyro
- 5 Inspection requirements for temporary vehicle imports
- 6 Auxiliary bars
- 7 Frontal impact standard exemptions
- 8 Frontal impact compliance for Mitsubishi models
- 9 Frontal impact compliance for Toyota Cavaliers
- 10 Inspection for corrosion in Nissan Terrano & Mistral rear floorpan assemblies
- 11 Inspection of motorhomes
- 12 Inspection of daytime running lamps
- 13 Glazing on house-trucks
- 14 Seatbelt requirements for rotating seats
- 15 Toyota Hiace seat and seatbelt requirements
- 16 Replacement seatbelts
- 17 Seatbelt and seatbelt anchorage standards for heavy motor vehicles
- 18 Seatbelt markings
- 19 Seatbelt exemptions
- 20 OE rear upper seatbelt anchorages (with retrofitted seatbelts)
- 21 Rear seatbelts as aisle obstructions in passenger service vehicles
- 23 Used imported motorsport vehicles
- 24 Recording the number of seats for self-propelled motorhomes
- 25 Immigrants' vehicles
- 26 Special interest vehicles
- 27 Alternative proof of compliance – Singapore/Japan
- 28 Exhaust emissions standard compliance
- 29 Declaration for supplementary restraint system, anti-lock braking system and ESC system inspections
- 30 Dual brake systems in overseas driving school vehicles
- 31 Brakes standards compliance
- 32 Static tilt stability compliance
- 33 Category A left-hand drive vehicles
- 34 Bridgestone tyres manufactured in Thailand, Taiwan or Indonesia
- 35 Moped entry certification (class LA, LB)
- 36 Removing a border damage flag
- 37 Electronic stability control identification
- 38 Class MC vehicle definition
- 39 Identifying class MB, MD1 or MD2 based on seats on Japanese deregistration certificates
- 40 Passenger airbag inspection – used imported vehicles from Japan
- 41 Entry certification procedures for certain modified vehicles
- 42 Conversion vans (AKA day vans)
- 43 Takata airbag recall
- 44 Rust prevention or under-sealing on late model cars from the UK
- 45 Recording the number of seats in a vehicle with wheelchair positions
- 46 Parallel imports
- 47 Vehicles fitted with ITS Connect
- COVID-19 recovery
- 5 Reference materials