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Warrant of Fitness (WoF) laws change on 1 January 2014

The six-monthly inspections that were introduced back in the 1930s are being changed on 1 January 2014 for vehicles that were registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2004. These vehicles will move to an annual inspection. Older vehicles will retain six-monthly inspections.

On 1 July 2014, the annual inspection will be extended to all vehicles registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000, and this will be fixed in time. That means that as New Zealand’s older vehicles are retired and are replaced by newer vehicles, eventually the majority of them will be on a yearly inspection cycle.

For new vehicles (after 1 July), an inspection won’t be needed for the first three years of the vehicle’s life.

Date WoF is issued Vehicle’s date of first registration anywhere WoF expiry
1 January – 30 June 2014 On or after 1 January 2004 12-month WoF
Before 1 January 2004 6-month WoF
From 1 July 2014 Any WoF issued  within 2 years from date of first registration anywhere WoF expires on 3rd anniversary of date of first registration anywhere
On or after 1 January 2000
(other than a vehicle above)
12-month WoF
Before 1 January 2000 6-month WoF

There are no changes to the CoF (Certificate of Fitness) rules on 1 January 2014, however, changes are coming later in 2014.

Darren is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the NZ Motoring Writers' Guild

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