WOF failures on the rise

WOF failures on the rise

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Words: NZ Autocar
13 Feb 2020

Figures from the Motor Trade Association suggest four out of 10 cars fail their first WoF inspection. If you were a sensationalist, you could therefore deduce that forty percent of vehicles on the road at any given time aren’t roadworthy.

MTA says in total 1,886,104 vehicles failed their first warrant of fitness inspection in 2019.

MTA’s Advocacy and Strategy Manager, Greig Epps, said the failure rate is alarming, though historic WoF fail rates have been on the steady increase since 2013.

“We reached this record high failure rate in the middle of last year and it continued throughout the rest of the 2019,” Mr Epps said.

“It shows that many car owners still rely on the warrant of fitness inspection to discover any problems. Drivers need to be doing more to monitor the safety of their car. Everyone should check the most common issues – lights, brakes, suspension and tyres at least every six months.”

Mr Epps said that the failure rate was roughly double that of commercial vehicles, such as taxis, business fleets and trucks (17-23 per cent, depending on type).

“Commercial operators are safety rated and passing their inspections is an important component of their rating.

“The different system shows that it’s possible to halve the failure rate if there was some incentive to do so.”

The MTA is urging the government to add a component on vehicle maintenance to the driver licence test, Mr Epps said.

“We believe the driver training process should include information on how to do a simple safety inspection to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy.

“The message should be that any necessary repairs should be done straight away – for the safety of everyone on the road.”


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