The NZ Transport Agency has immediately suspended vehicle inspector Mr Michael Cox and his two inspecting organisations - Auto Super Shoppe Hamilton Central and Hamilton Automotive Repairs Ltd.
Mr Cox admitted to allowing four unauthorised people to use his credentials to carry out Warrant of Fitness (WoF) inspections over a 10-month period. This included a time when Mr Cox was overseas. The NZ Transport Agency will conduct further investigations relating to the unauthorised use of his credentials.
The review of Mr Cox’s inspection procedure also found him to be technically non-compliant - failing to properly inspect lights, transmissions and structural corrosion.
The NZ Transport Agency will contact all 1,140 affected vehicle owners individually as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options. Vouchers will be provided.
We are unaware of specific concerns relating to individual vehicles however, due to the poor quality of Mr Cox’s inspections there is a possibility that some vehicles may have been incorrectly passed. For this reason, we strongly encourage people who have a current Warrant of Fitness issued by Mr Cox and - Auto Super Shoppe Hamilton Central and Hamilton Automotive Repairs Ltd – to get their vehicle rechecked.
It is important to note, these immediate suspensions only relates to the specified Hamilton franchise of Auto Super Shoppe.
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