Warrant Of Fitness Changes And What You Need To Know

New regulations introduced by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have reduced the requirement to get a WOF every 6 months, to once annually for many vehicle owners.    While the changes will come as good news to many motorists, vehicle owners now have to consider their regular vehicle servicing outside of their 6 monthly WOF.

Changes to The Warrant of Fitness

The Warrant of Fitness (WOF) is a compulsory vehicle safety inspection to ensure the safety and roadworthiness of light vehicles including cars, vans, motorcycles and mopeds.

Changes made by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) now mean that as of 1 July 2014, all vehicles registered on or after 1st Jan 2000, will be required to be have an annual WOF inspection.   This is a change from the previous requirement for 6-monthly WOF inspections to ensure roadworthiness. 


Smart and Proactive Vehicle Safety and Servicing 

While the reduction in frequency of WOF inspections will come as good news for many motorists and result in annual vehicle maintenance savings for many, there is a big potential downside.  

There is strong evidence to suggest that many vehicle owners used the 6-monthly WOF as a convenient 6-monthly ‘prompt’ to have their vehicles serviced, which helps add to and ensure the ongoing safety and performance of their vehicle and increase its working life.  For instance a if your whell hit a bump in the road or a pot hole it could very easy upset your vechile wheel alignment, which could greatly reduce operating performance, make your car unsafe, make your vechile legally unroadworthy and  cause excessive wear on the tyre.  Under the new regulations, this vechilce safety issue may not be picked up for up to a year.

With the WOF requirement changing from a 6-monthly check to an annual check, many vehicle owners now need to change their mindset and habits around their car-servicing schedule and be increasingly vigilant about car safety.  

Pit Stop recommends regular vehicle checks and a vehicle service for every 10,000 km to ensure vehicle safety and to reduce the risk of expensive and unscheduled repairs and maintenance.  


Pit Stop Warrants of Fitness and Free Vehcile Safety Checks

Pit Stop provides free vehicle safety checks and offer thorough and cost-competitive Warrants of Fitness inspections and vehicle repairs across New Zealand. 

To book your WOF check or arrange a vehicle safety check calls us on 0800 748 786, book online or visit our locations page to find your nearest Pit Stop.


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