New process stream­lines mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles

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A new process de­signed to as­sist im­porters of mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles, par­tic­u­larly dis­abil­ity ve­hi­cles, is be­ing tri­alled by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency (NZTA) fol­low­ing feed­back from in­ter­ested par­ties.

The main aim of the new process is to al­low im­ported mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles to be ex­cluded from Low Vol­ume Ve­hi­cle (LVV) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in New Zealand if they have al­ready met ap­pro­pri­ate overseas stan­dards. Ma­jor re­sponses in­di­cated: Sup­port for the pro­posed change, as key play­ers saw it as highly likely to re­duce the time and cost in­volved with im­port­ing mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles, and there­fore in­creas­ing ac­cess to dis­abil­ity ve­hi­cles for those who need them

The pro­posal would iden­tify mod­i­fi­ca­tions which have been made to the ve­hi­cle overseas, and to be able to sep­a­rate th­ese mod­i­fi­ca­tions from any done after the ve­hi­cle had been landed in New Zealand.

There may be is­sues with overseas stan­dards that are not aligned with New Zealand stan­dards.

There may be prob­lems iden­ti­fy­ing and list­ing the mod­i­fi­ca­tions at the port of en­try as this is a spe­cialised field.

As a re­sult of this feed­back the NZTA has added a step that re­quires en­try cer­ti­fiers to record the spe­cific mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the in­spec­tion data­base (Lan­data), based on both the doc­u­men­ta­tion re­ceived from overseas, and on a vis­ual in­spec­tion by the cer­ti­fier.

Where there is no equiv­a­lent stan­dard be­tween the mod­i­fy­ing coun­try and New Zealand, the NZTA must be sat­is­fied that the over­all process re­sults in a safe ve­hi­cle be­fore that coun­try ap­proval is ac­cepted, in line with that of un­mod­i­fied im­ported production ve­hi­cles.

Sam­ples of ex­port doc­u­men­ta­tion and ap­proval plates or la­bels will be sup­plied to en­try cer­ti­fiers to help them in the process.

The new process started on Novem­ber 1, with mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles with Euro­pean Com­mu­nity Whole Ve­hi­cle Type Ap­proval. Work is still con­tin­u­ing on work­ing out a so­lu­tion on how to ex­tend the process to mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles from Ja­pan brought about by the com­plex­i­ties of the Ja­panese cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem.

The di­a­gram above ex­plains the process.

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