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Put vehicle safety first and renew your WoF

Warrant of Fitness and Certificate of Fitness inspections are now available at most sites in Level 3. File photo/SunLive.

Waka Kotahi is reminding vehicle owners in regions which have moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 that Warrant of Fitness and Certificate of Fitness inspections are now available at most sites, to ensure drivers can get their vehicles checked and have confidence that they are safe on our roads.

WoFs and CoFs that could not be renewed under a Level 4 lockdown can be renewed at Alert Level 3, and there is no need to wait, says Waka Kotahi.

“Most inspections sites in regions under Alert Level 3 are now open, and we’re encouraging people not to delay booking in their inspections,” says Safer Vehicles senior manager Nicole Botherway.

“Visit the website of your local inspection site or contact them to see if they are open and to book an appointment to ensure your vehicle meets required safety standards and you are driving legally.

“Sites will be following strict COVID operating procedures and providing a contactless service.

“Vehicle owners can play their part by wearing a mask and ensuring their vehicle is clean and tidy and that all personal belongings are removed before they drop it off.

“As all vehicles are also legally required to display a current vehicle licence (rego), Waka Kotahi will allow online vehicle re-licensing without a current WoF or CoF for the time being.

“We would not normally allow this as all vehicles must have a current vehicle inspection to receive a rego but it is something we can do to assist Kiwis while access to inspection sites to obtain a WoF or CoF is restricted to essential workers or is not possible at Alert Level 4, and may be limited at Level 3,” says Nicole.

“This temporary solution worked well last year when lockdown made it impossible for motorists to re-licence their vehicles online because they didn’t have current WoF or CoF, and we are happy to repeat it.”

Licence fees are backdated to the original expiry date, and you can renew online now.

Driver licensing and testing facilities remain closed until level 2.

Customers with tests already booked will be rescheduled to the earliest possible test once services resume.

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