Six-monthly WOF checks 'wasteful'

HAMISH RUTHERFORD
Last updated 08:03 05/12/2012

Relevant offers

A report by a leading Australian university claims New Zealand's six-monthly warrant of fitness (WOF) checks are not cost effective, just days ahead of a decision on whether to switch to annual checks.

Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne compared the vehicle inspection regime in Victoria, where checks are compulsory when a vehicle is sold, with New Zealand, where a new WOF is required every six months once a vehicle is six years old.

They found that while six-monthly checks were likely to cause a reduction in the number of accidents caused by mechanical faults, the drop could not justify the costs of the additional checks, estimated to be $250 million a year.

"Despite these safety benefits estimated, the costs to the motorist of the six-monthly inspections over and above the annual inspections were estimated to be considerable.

"This means that the six-monthly inspections compared to annual inspections were not considered to be cost effective."

The study comes just ahead of a government decision on its review of New Zealand's vehicle licensing system, expected before Christmas.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should Wellington have a new convention centre?

Yes, the Hilton is a missed opportunity

Yes, but there's no need for another hotel and the price was too high

Yes, and it would be much better on Interisland wharf

No, Wellington has enough such facilities for its size

Vote Result

Related story: $100m Hilton project back to drawing board

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content