Another vehicle inspector suspended
The NZTA has immediately suspended vehicle inspector Michael Cox and his two inspecting organisations - Auto Super Shoppe Hamilton Central and Hamilton Automotive Repairs Ltd - from issuing warrants of fitness (WOFs) after it was found 1,140 vehicles were improperly inspected.
The agency says Cox admitted to allowing four unauthorised people to use his credentials to carry out WOF inspections over a 10-month period and will be conducting further investigations relating to the unauthorised use of his credentials.
The NZTA found that Cox failed to properly inspect lights, transmissions and structural corrosion.
"We are unaware of specific concerns relating to individual vehicles, however, due to the poor quality of Cox's inspections there is a possibility that some vehicles may have been incorrectly passed," adds the agency.
"For this reason, we strongly encourage people who have a current Warrant of Fitness issued by Cox to get their vehicle rechecked."
The NZTA will contact all 1,140 affected vehicle owners individually as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options, with vouchers provided.
Timeline of events
- Late August: Dargaville Diesel Specialists suspended – 1,956 vehicle owners urged to get WOFs rechecked.
- October: Orient Motors – 3,494 affected owners.
- October: Te Aroha Automotive – 613 affected vehicle owners.
- November 23: Westland Mechanical and Tyre – 3,721 affected vehicle owners.
- November 30: Auckland’s Jet Tyres and Wheel Alignment – 993 affected vehicle owners.
- November 30: Onehunga’s Church Street Motors and Tyres – 4,053 affected vehicle owners.
- December 4: El’s Auto Services in East Tamaki – 3,783 affected vehicle owners.
- December 5: Super Cheap Tyres and Auto Services in St Johns – 2,443 affected vehicle owners.
- December 10: NZTA chief executive Fergus Gammie announces his resignation.
- December 14: Stephen Upson and Sunnybrae Auto Services - 747 affected vehicle owners.
- December 20: Sayad Hussein and Frankton WoF and Tyre Station - 2,836 affected vehicle owners.
- December 21: Patrick Chu of Transport & Structure Ltd – numbers of potentially impacted vehicles yet to be confirmed.
- December 21: NZTA appoints former Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe as interim chief executive until a permanent replacement is found.
- December 21: Consulting firm Martin Jenkins hired to provide support for the Ministry of Transport’s review into the NZTA’s regulatory function.
- February 4, 2019: Manufacturers call on the NZTA to pay for customers’ towbar re-certifications.
- February 7, 2019: NZTA announces it will cover costs for towbar recertifications.
- February 12, 2019: NZTA welcomes findings of an independent report on regulatory compliance.
- February 13, 2019: Donald Steward McLean and The WOF Man Ltd. - 3,515 affected vehicle owners.