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WoF alert – Vehicle inspector David Watt suspended from issuing WoFs

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The NZ Transport Agency has immediately suspended vehicle inspector David Watt and Hamilton based inspecting organisation David Watt Auto Services.

The NZ Transport Agency is concerned that non-compliant vehicles may have been given Warrants of Fitness and that important safety systems such as brakes and tyre tread may not have been checked properly. In addition, there is also concern that Mr Watt has not been undertaking road tests that normally include several safety checks.

Due to the concerns around the quality of Mr Watt’s inspections, there is a strong possibility that some vehicles may have been incorrectly passed.

For this reason, we strongly encourage people who have a current Warrant of Fitness issued from David Watt Auto Services to get their vehicles rechecked.

The NZ Transport Agency will contact around 1,700 affected vehicle owners individually as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options. Vouchers will be provided.

Note for customers:

The NZ Transport Agency has records of all WoF inspections. Should we have any concerns about the inspection and certification of your vehicle’s WoF we will contact you directly by both phone and letter, using the personal information recorded on the vehicle owner’s file.

If you have moved address or changed contact number in the past year and have not updated this, please do so by phoning the Transport Agency on 0800 108 809.

On our website we have further information about the regulatory compliance review and warrant of fitness information for customers: www.nzta.govt.nz/regulatory-compliance-review

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