WoF and rego ticketing trial to start in July

Published on 29 June 2021

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Council parking wardens will begin checking that vehicles are warranted and registered from next month, part of a 12-month trial aimed at ensuring the vehicles driven on Far North roads are safe.

Parking wardens in the Far North have always been authorised to issue tickets to owners of parked vehicles not displaying a current Warrant of Fitness (WoF) or vehicle registration but have not previously used the option. That will change from 1 July when the Council launches a trial campaign encouraging vehicle owners to ensure vehicles are warranted and registered.  

The aim is to have safe vehicles on our roads and is in line with the Government’s national Road to Zero strategy to reduce deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand roads by 40 per cent over the next 10 years. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, which is leading the Road to Zero strategy, says ensuring vehicles are safe can prevent crashes and help protect occupants in the event of a road crash. Displaying a current WoF and registration indicates that a vehicle meets minimum safety standards.

Chairperson of the Council’s Regulatory Compliance Committee, Kelly Stratford, says that vehicle owners will not be fined during the first month of the trial. Instead, parking wardens will leave a notice reminding owners of their obligations to warrant and register their vehicle or risk a fine. The fine for not displaying a current WoF or registration is $200 for each. The fine is set by the Government and cannot be varied by the Council.

“Some drivers may see this as revenue gathering, but that is not our intention. Vehicle owners will get a one-month grace period, before being ticketed so they have time to get their vehicle road legal. If they do receive a fine and they can prove they have acted quickly to get their car registered or warranted, the Council may waive the fine.”

Councillor Stratford says the Council is deploying other strategies to reduce the road toll by reviewing speed limits on district roads, installing more road engineering improvements such as rumble strips and road barriers, and working with communities on road layout changes to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The WoF and registration trial will run for one year and will be reviewed after six months to ensure it is achieving its aims.