NZTA’s type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion plan

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In break­ing news as we went to press, the New Zealand Trans­port Agency is propos­ing changes to the Low Vol­ume Ve­hi­cle cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process to make it eas­ier for com­mer­cial mod­i­fiers to ob­tain ap­proval where they pro­duce a series of iden­ti­cal ve­hi­cles –also known as “type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion”.

Es­sen­tially what the NZTA is say­ing is that ap­proval must be ob­tained for the first ve­hi­cle – the blueprint, if you like – in the same way as cur­rently, with an ap­proved cer­ti­fier watching ev­ery step of the way, then pro­vided he has ap­proved the process, sub­se­quent ve­hi­cles can be built on a “pro­duc­tion line” us­ing the same process, with checks and bal­ances in the form of pro­duc­tion records of checks at each stage. The ben­e­fits in­clude: In­creased ef­fi­ciency as pro­duc­tion can carry on con­tin­u­ously – there is no down-time in pro­duc­tion while wait­ing for an LVV cer­ti­fier to in­spect each ve­hi­cle in stages. Stage in­spec­tions will be com­pleted by the modifier. The cost of pro­duc­ing mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles will be re­duced as less LVV cer­ti­fier in­volve­ment will be re­quired. LVV plates will be able to be preis­sued to the modifier and fit­ted on-site, al­low­ing ve­hi­cles to get on the road more quickly. At the same time, to en­sure safety is main­tained, the pro­posed process in­cludes a num­ber of cri­te­ria and checks. Com­mer­cial mod­i­fiers must meet a strict set of cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing the Trans­port Agency’s stan­dard “fit and proper per­son” re­quire­ments. Com­mer­cial mod­i­fiers must be ap­pointed by the Trans­port Agency and be re­quired to per­form to a high stan­dard. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions will be made in a fac­tory-like set­ting, with struc­tured pro­cesses and qual­ity con­trols. An ex­ter­nally-au­dited QMS sys­tem will en­sure the pro­duc­tion process has rigour and that good pro­cesses are be­ing used. Mod­i­fiers must sign off the build of each ve­hi­cle at key points so that rig­or­ous pro­duc­tion records are, in turn en­sur­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies can be picked up early and cor­rected.

Over­view of the pro­posed process for com­mer­cial, pro­duc­tion-based ve­hi­cle mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

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