The NZ Transport Agency has immediately suspended vehicle inspector Warwick Shelley, the inspecting organisation delegate for both VTNZ Thames and VTNZ Whitianga (Heavy Haulage and Contracting).
An NZ Transport Agency investigation has found evidence that Mr Shelley, who manages both sites, has been overruling his vehicle inspectors when they fail vehicles.
Mr Shelley is accused of attempting to delete failed inspections from the vehicle inspection database and failing to properly inspect critical vehicle safety systems, including brakes.
Due to the concerns around Mr Shelley’s inspection practices and 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 or Certificate of Fitness issued from VTNZ Thames or VTNZ Whitianga, or by Mr Shelley, to get their vehicles rechecked.
The NZ Transport Agency will contact around 4850 affected vehicle owners individually as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options.
VTNZ is installing a new delegate to run both sites and oversee the rechecks, which can be done at any VTNZ site free of charge.
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