War­rant of fit­ness re­calls rocket to al­most 20,000

The Timaru Herald - - BUSINESS -

The num­ber of ve­hi­cles need­ing war­rant of fit­ness (WOF) rechecks stands at nearly 20,000 with the sus­pen­sion of a ninth Auck­land ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor. The New Zealand Trans­port Agency (NZTA) said Patrick Ah Wong and the St Johns fran­chise of Su­per Cheap Tyres & Auto Ser­vices was sus­pended after a long his­tory of fail­ing to prop­erly check ve­hi­cle in­te­ri­ors, seat­belts, light­ing sys­tems and brakes. The agency is con­tact­ing 2443 af­fected mo­torists to of­fer them free vouch­ers for retest­ing in case they had been given WOFs in­cor­rectly. Na­tion­ally, a dozen WOF in­spec­tors have now been sus­pended and 19,915 ve­hi­cles re­called as part of a re­view of NZTA’s en­force­ment of trans­port reg­u­la­tions be­ing led by law firm Mered­ith Con­nell.

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