The New Zealand Transport Agency has written to all vehicle owners receiving warrants of fitness from a Dargaville garage to recommend they get their vehicles rechecked, with NZTA meeting the cost of reinspection.
Dargaville Diesel Specialists has had its licence to issue warrants of fitness suspended indefinitely after it issued a WoF to a vehicle later involved in a fatal crash.
William Ball, 65, was a front seat passenger in a car, which lost control and crashed into a ditch on State Highway 12 near Turiwiri, Dargaville. Police found the front seat passenger seatbelt was frayed and failed in the crash.
NZTA said Dargaville Diesel Specialists had issued a WoF to the car in December 2017 and admitted it had done so without properly inspecting the vehicle, in particular, the seatbelts.
“However, the NZ Transport Agency’s regulatory regime also failed, and that is unacceptable,” Mr Gammie said.
“Last December when the lack of seatbelt checks during WoF inspections was uncovered, the transport agency didn’t take decisive action.”
Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has announced a review of NZTA compliance files by law firm Meredith Connell and said a tougher enforcement regime was being implemented.
NZTA has also engaged Kristy McDonald QC to conduct a full inquiry into the case.