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Regulatory oversight tightens

Government agency sets five-year terms for new inspection organisations.
Posted on 22 December, 2020
Regulatory oversight tightens

The NZTA says it has taken “another step in strengthening” its regulatory oversight by introducing defined appointment terms for all new inspection organisations.

The new approach applies to all businesses wanting to carry out inspections for warrants and certificates of fitness.

This decision is a response to Kristy McDonald QC’s independent inquiry report into the agency’s performance in relation to Dargaville Diesel Specialists, which recommended setting standard terms of appointment for inspection organisations and vehicle inspectors.

Standard terms have already been put in place for vehicle inspectors and – from January 1 – new inspection organisation applicants will be subject to appointments of up to five years.

“Waka Kotahi has been working hard to strengthen its regulatory oversight and lift capability across the vehicle-inspection sector,” says Sue Hardiman, senior manager, of vehicle and driver licensing.

“This will ensure we are improving safety outcomes and reducing harm, and allows a consistent, firm and fair regulatory approach to parties authorised by to carry out these inspections.

“The approach will assist in lifting the capability of new inspection organisations. It will ensure we can closely monitor and evaluate the performance of our delegated agents to ensure they effectively represent Waka Kotahi when carrying out regulatory responsibilities.”

Consideration will be given to impose shorter terms of appointment for the inspection organisations based on risk assessment.

Hardiman adds: “Waka Kotahi is committed to improving the overall safety of vehicles on New Zealand’s roads, and ensuring the road-transport system is safe, effective, efficient and functions well for everyone. 

“Strengthening the oversight of these organisations through defined appointment terms is another way for us, and those we regulate, to contribute to a safer land-transport system.”