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Topic # 109979 1-Oct-2012 11:03 Send private message

Every time I bring my car in for a warrant of fitness within 14 days or less of the current WoF expiring I have to fight to get the garage to make the new expiry date the expiry date of the current WoF. Some garages insist that the new WoF will expire 6 months from the date of issue.

This is contrary to the applicable legislation which is quoted on the NZ Transport Agency web site here.

I have quoted the first part of section 3.8.1 below:


"Applicable legislation: Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002, sections 7.9 and 9

3.8.1 Expiry dates

Expiry date of the WoF

The WoF expiry date is calculated from the reference date. The reference dates are:

    For a vehicle with an expired WoF: the date the vehicle passes the inspection
    For a vehicle with a current WoF expiring in 14 days or less after the vehicle passes the inspection: the expiry date of the current WoF
    For a vehicle with a current WoF expiring in more than 14 days after the vehicle passes the inspection: the date that is 14 days after the vehicle passes the inspection."


This clearly states that the expiry date should be the date of the current WoF if the date is 14 days or less away. Even more interesting, and what I didn't know, was if the current WoF expires more than 14 days from now the new expiry date is 14 days after the vehicle passed its inspection. (I read this as 6 months and 14 days from now.)

Let's stand up for the law and insist your garage follows the legislation. Don't let excuses like it mucks up our WoF renewal letter system put you off. I suspect the garage prefers the new expiry date to always be 6 months from today so you have to come back sooner for your next WoF and so they earn the next WoF fee sooner but perhaps I'm just being a cynic. If your garage refuses to comply with the legislation perhaps it's time to find a new garage.

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  Reply # 694021 1-Oct-2012 11:18 Send private message

Nice to know thanks :)




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  Reply # 694032 1-Oct-2012 11:21 Send private message

I always let my WOF expire before getting a new one.
Mostly through laziness, but also to squeeze out a few more days of usage.

I notice that the sticker on the car only shows the month of expiry externally. You need to be in the car to see the exact date

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  Reply # 694053 1-Oct-2012 11:38 Send private message

Try another garage. I've actually had the opposite, where I've taken the vehicle in a month early just to get the expiry date changed from being in the first week of January, and had no issue.

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  Reply # 694055 1-Oct-2012 11:44 Send private message

Having them change it to the correct date saved you $3.78 for that six months. Is it worth the hassle for less than 4 bucks?

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  Reply # 694056 1-Oct-2012 11:45 Send private message

I have always found that VTNZ do it correctly





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  Reply # 694059 1-Oct-2012 11:49 Send private message

BTR: Having them change it to the correct date saved you $3.78 for that six months. Is it worth the hassle for less than 4 bucks?


Principle of the matter man. 



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  Reply # 694064 1-Oct-2012 11:51 Send private message

KiwiNZ: I have always found that VTNZ do it correctly


Yes I have too. It surprises me though how many garages can ignore the legislation like they are a law unto themselves. I'll be dropping in a copy of the linked web page above to my garage. Perhaps I should blow it up to a larger size so they can put it on their wall.



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  Reply # 694112 1-Oct-2012 12:50 Send private message

Jaxson:
BTR: Having them change it to the correct date saved you $3.78 for that six months. Is it worth the hassle for less than 4 bucks?


Principle of the matter man. 


It is more than the principle of the matter and less about the amount. If the rules on WoF expiry dates are defined in New Zealand Legislation then they must be adhered to and not just be considered as a rough guide. A person who does not comply with New Zealand Legislation is breaking the law and has committed an illegal act subject to whatever penalties the legislation allows.

Legislation on WoFs is just as legally binding as any other legislation on e.g. shoplifting, burglary, etc. It is NZ law and should be followed. I don't think we can pick and choose which legislation we will obey and which we will ignore.

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  Reply # 694191 1-Oct-2012 14:01 Send private message

geek4me:
Jaxson:
BTR: Having them change it to the correct date saved you $3.78 for that six months. Is it worth the hassle for less than 4 bucks?


Principle of the matter man. 


It is more than the principle of the matter and less about the amount. If the rules on WoF expiry dates are defined in New Zealand Legislation then they must be adhered to and not just be considered as a rough guide. A person who does not comply with New Zealand Legislation is breaking the law and has committed an illegal act subject to whatever penalties the legislation allows.

Legislation on WoFs is just as legally binding as any other legislation on e.g. shoplifting, burglary, etc. It is NZ law and should be followed. I don't think we can pick and choose which legislation we will obey and which we will ignore.



So are you saying you don't ever speed or have never downloaded pirated content from the internet? 


If you have done so in the past and still do so now then aren't you choosing which legislation to abide by?



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  Reply # 694208 1-Oct-2012 14:11 Send private message

BTR:
geek4me:
Jaxson:
BTR: Having them change it to the correct date saved you $3.78 for that six months. Is it worth the hassle for less than 4 bucks?


Principle of the matter man. 


It is more than the principle of the matter and less about the amount. If the rules on WoF expiry dates are defined in New Zealand Legislation then they must be adhered to and not just be considered as a rough guide. A person who does not comply with New Zealand Legislation is breaking the law and has committed an illegal act subject to whatever penalties the legislation allows.

Legislation on WoFs is just as legally binding as any other legislation on e.g. shoplifting, burglary, etc. It is NZ law and should be followed. I don't think we can pick and choose which legislation we will obey and which we will ignore.



So are you saying you don't ever speed or have never downloaded pirated content from the internet? 


If you have done so in the past and still do so now then aren't you choosing which legislation to abide by?


No, I'm saying I am subject to whatever penalties the legislation allows if I do these things. That applies to any legislation i.e. laws we break if someone chooses to follow us up on it.

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