Govt defends WoF changes
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 6:00p.m.
By Emma Jolliff
The Government has finally confirmed changes to the warrant of fitness scheme, which it says will save motorists money. From next year, cars registered since the year 2000 will only have to be warranted once a year.
But critics say it means greater risk for road users, and that 2000 jobs in the industry will go.
The average car on New Zealand roads is 13 years old. Currently cars have annual warrant check ups until they're six years old, then twice a year. But the Government's reducing that requirement to save money.
“Big economic benefits in terms of time and costs for Kiwi motorists – $1.8 billion in Kiwis’ pockets over 30 years,” says National MP Simon Bridges.
The changes will see an inspection of new cars, then annual inspections kick in once they're three years old. After that it's annual inspections only for cars registered since January 2000. Six monthly inspections for older cars will be retained.
Mechanic Keith Webb's been issuing warrants for more than 30 years. He asks, why change a system that's not broken?
“I don't think he's listened to people in the industry as well, and I think he's put money before safety,” says Mr Webb.
The Motor Traders’ Association says the extra risk will cost lives.
“Governments say anywhere between eight to 120 people over 10 years, and there are extra serious injuries beyond that,” says MTA spokesman Ian Stronach.
The Government says it will mitigate risk with education for drivers and extra police enforcement. The critics aren't convinced.
“They're really not going to have the facility to check suspension, brake lines, the underneath of cars, exhausts, all the things that are normally done on a hoist in a workshop,” says Mr Stronach. “That's why they're done by specialists.”
Up to 2000 of those specialists will now lose their jobs.
“The money that flows from this will flow back into the economy in a variety of ways,” says Mr Bridges. “Jobs will be created in other places.”
Warrants cost upwards of $40. The associate minister hopes drivers will use that money to service cars voluntarily. Those in the industry say it's false economy.
“After 12 months the maintenance is going to be huge and the increase will be well over $1000 by the time you put on four tyres, brakes, everything else,” says Mr Webb.
The changes will be introduced mid next year.
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28/01/2013 4:42:44 p.m.
Paul Gregory wrote:
Bridges is another dreamer,$1.8 billion in the next 30 years will go into kiwi!s pockets.The Nats are very cleaver that they can forecast ahead.What about their Forecast of NZ being debt free by 2014 what a joke.and the forecast of unemployment will be zero by next elections.And the country will be brighter,anything that will be brighter are the politicians bank balances.It wont mean that the drivers will be better off, but the funeral directors will be.Sorry Bridges you are just another one of those dreamers who should have stayed as a young nat.
28/01/2013 9:43:53 a.m.
JK wasting time - again. wrote:
The 6 monthly WOF regime is a pain, but changing it right now with the expected loss of jobs? Stupid. Also, NZ has a vehicle fleet that is much older than many other countries. Surely the real answer is to encourage people to have newer vehicles, which are also safer and cleaner. In any case the changes won't affect me as my vehicles are pre-2000.
28/01/2013 8:03:34 a.m.
This makes real sense, and is much more convenient for the public. Once a year, but stricter.
28/01/2013 12:03:01 a.m.
In South Australian we have never had a WOF system and we have one of the lowest fatalities Per population in Australia.
94 road deaths for 2012 with a population of 1.64 million a lot less than the eastern states where they have a similar WOF system
28/01/2013 12:02:38 a.m.
My 2 cents says that this is tokenism, the move is not nearly far enough. Put a stop to the graft of these WOF centres and allow garages/mechanics to perform WOF if & only when a vehicle is being sold. Victoria Australia has a higher population, far fewer deaths on the road and require a Roadworthy (WOF) only once a vehicle is to be sold or as directed by the Police. In NZ WOF's are Govt backed extortion. To stop road deaths a change in attitude re drink / drug affected driving, aggression behind the wheel which includes speeding, drowsiness etc. A defensive driving course would be far more beneficial to the reduction of the road toll in NZ which is way to high for such a small population that NZ has.
27/01/2013 10:51:03 p.m.
Of course there's an increased risk but that doesn't mean the current law is proportional. I'm sure there's an increased risk by not having a WOF done once every 3 months rather than 6 months too but its not an unreasonable risk.
If the MTA can establish that it is an unreasonable risk and that the current law is a proportional measure then go for it. But this sounds like scare-mongering and the key is in those 2,000 jobs. Contrived work so that the rest of NZ can keep those people in employment.
27/01/2013 9:47:10 p.m.
No WOF system here in Queensland and the roads are just full of unsafe cars (not). One of the few things I do not miss about NZ is the rip-off WOF system.
27/01/2013 8:11:00 p.m.
Get real wrote:
MTA is a bit silly with their comments. Suddenly my car will rust out within 12 months. I won't notice the exhaust is broken and the car will suddenly cost thousands to repair? Mainteance within 12 months will still cost the same. We had the most over regulated WOF regime in the world. This is nothing new and well overdue. If you want to go in every 6 months, you can do so, no one is forcing you to wait the sensible 12 months!
27/01/2013 7:39:35 p.m.
brian crosbie wrote:
What a load of rubbish i have a honda civic for twelve years and never failed a wof.
27/01/2013 7:11:54 p.m.
Steve Walker wrote:
Get your heads out of your ass MTA i have had a 96 nissan terrano 6 monthly wof checks had it for 5 years and never had to do anything for a wof now have a 2013 Navara stx and dont see any reason why Nissan would be making their vehicles worse then they did 17 years ago you lot are just greedy for money I have used MTA assured workshops in the past and had a lot of bullshit i now use the local garage if I need anything done far more professional and he has a reputation to live up to if he wants to keep work coming in so stop being so moronic...you bloody upstarts ya full of shit
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