October 2, 2015

When you have recently bought a vehicle, you must understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that it is kept in good condition and is roadworthy at all times. This is what a WoF is for. A Warrant of Fitness is a legal requirement for all vehicles in New Zealand. Along with a WoF, you also need to display the registration and road user charges when demanded by the transport authorities.

A WoF is not the only responsibility you have when it comes to the law and New Zealand’s roads…

  • As a vehicle owner in New Zealand you are legally responsible for the vehicles maintenance through regular car servicing.
  • Those vehicle services should be performed regularly by qualified and licenced auto mechanics.
  • Important components like lights, engine oil change, tyres and seat belts should comply with the WoF guidelines provided by the transport authoritie.
  • All spare parts must be replaced immediately when damaged as per the requirement of the WoF.
  • Always display a valid Warranty of Fitness on your vehicle.
  • If you are taking a rental car, it is your responsibility to ensure that the company gives you an up-to-date WoF.
  • You should also be up-to-date with your knowledge regarding WoFs.

Always ask your mechanic if there has been any recent changes in the laws WoFs. You can also check by visiting the Transport Authority website. If ever in doubt, always check with your local road transport department or mechanic to ensure that vehicle is roadworthy.