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Warrant of Fitness and vehicle licensing infringements

This page contains information about infringements for vehicles without a current Warrant of Fitness or registration.
Updated: 12/07/2013 3:31 p.m.

​Why is Council issuing infringement notices for these offences?

For road safety purposes, vehicles are currently required to have an annual or six monthly warrant of fitness (WOF) or certificate of fitness (COF) inspection. The WOF inspection covers over 60 items and is designed to ensure that vehicles  meet their legal requirements and are warranted and safe to be on the road.

About half our vehicles need some work or repair before they get a WOF. Most issues involve brakes, lights or tyres.

Registering a vehicle currently costs around $290, the bulk of which (around $200) goes to ACC with the balance going to keep the vehicle register up to date, administer the system, law enforcement, tolling and vehicle recall.

From 2007 to 2011 there were 1640 fatal crashes in New Zealand. A vehicle fault contributed to 90 of those crashes. Out of those 90, 39% did not have a current warrant of fitness and 52% had a tyre fault.

Surveys suggest that 280,000 vehicles in New Zealand do not have a WOF and Ministry of Transport suggests that those vehicles involved in a crash are three times more likely to have a vehicle fault than those with a current WOF.

In February, this issue was raised by Council and as a result, the District Living Committee considered a range of detailed information about road safety. It resolved that Council’s parking enforcement staff begin issuing infringement notices for warrant of fitness and vehicle licensing offences from 1 July 2013.      

Throughout June 2013, flyers were placed on windscreens of vehicles that were not in compliance with these requirements warning that infringements were to be introduced. 

Do other councils enforce these offences? 

Most other councils, including metropolitan cities similar to Whangarei, enforce these provisions.   

Does Council have the legal authority to issue infringement notices for these offences?

Yes. Council’s parking wardens are authorised by the Transport Act 1962 and the Land Transport Act 1998 to enforce these provisions. 

How are the fines set?

The fines are established by parliament. Council does not have the ability to change the amount.

Can I arrange time to pay?

Council does not enter into any arrangements for fines for infringement offences to be paid off.  If the fine is unpaid after 56 days, like all parking and dog infringements, the infringement is lodged with the District Court. At this stage you may be able to arrange a time to pay plan with the Court.  Court costs will be added to the fine.

Can I write in to have the infringement cancelled?

Yes. Explanations must be in writing and will generally only be accepted and infringement notices cancelled when there are compelling reasons, such as:

  • the circumstances  which led to the offending were outside the control of the driver; or
  • the enforcement officer or the organisation issuing the warrant or registration has made a mistake.

Please quote your vehicle registration plate number and the infringement number.  If you wish, you can use the explanation form below.

Parking Explanation form [97kb]

What if the registration was paid online and I am waiting for the registration slip?

Favourable consideration will be given to cancelling the infringement.   

For further information about parking tickets, select from the links below.




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