Driving licenses, WoFs and vehicle registrations extended past expiry

It was obvious that leeway would need to be given on vehicle warrant of fitnesses that expire while under lockdown. The Government is addressing this as well as some vehicle registrations and license renewals. (Most people should be able to renew vehicle registrations online).

Any that expired after 1 January 2020 will be extended “for up to six months from 10 April 2020” – that’s a bit vague but could be dependent on when the lockdown is eased.

I hope this will also cover us for insurance.


Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown

All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced.

“People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving to use essential services or as an essential worker during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown,” Phil Twyford said.

“That’s why we have provided an extension to give certainty to the public that they won’t be issued infringement notices for using their vehicles appropriately. It’ll still be up to drivers to keep their vehicles safe and I urge owners to follow the NZ Transport Agency’s advice and regularly self-check their vehicle.

“We’re asking drivers before they set off, to give it a TWIRL – check your Tyres, Windscreen, wipers, mirrors, and Indicators, look for Rust, and test your Lights.

“We are allowing essential repairs, like sorting out punctured tyres or damaged windscreens. If anything looks out of order, please go get it fixed as soon as you can.

“Drivers will still need to be medically fit to drive, comply with relevant restrictions and conditions on their licence and obey all road rules. Any licence suspensions and disqualifications will also continue to apply.

“The extension will give people and businesses plenty of time after the lockdown to renew their documents without putting extra pressure on them when they are already likely to be stressed,” Phil Twyford said.

Other changes include license endorsements that expire on or after 1 March 2020 will be extended and there will be a suspension of the requirement to display a current vehicle licence (rego) if it expired on or after 1 January 2020.

 

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  1. Gezza

     /  9th April 2020

    I just want my local garage mechanics back on the job asap so they can fix the bloody oil leak they’ve left me with after it had a WoF & service on 20 March ! 😠

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  2. Corky

     /  10th April 2020

    ”I hope this will also cover us for insurance.”

    According to a talkback caller who checked.. insurance will not be covered. So, drivers need to decide whether they want to gamble. Funny the gummint didn’t explain that to us.

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