Further to the Advisory from Nick Leggett on 10 September (refer NL-25 Advisory) regarding Transport Minister Michael Wood’s announcement that a temporary extension had been granted for several land transport documents, in summary Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) has today advised the following:

The extension allows people to continue driving and using their vehicles legally while alert level restrictions prevent or restrict them from renewing the documents.

The temporary extension is in effect from 15 September 2021 and applies to the following documents that expire between 21 July 2021 and 30 November 2021:

• Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) and Certificates of Fitness (CoFs)

• Driver licences

• Vehicle certifications

• Endorsements (including drivers of passenger services and dangerous goods endorsements held by some drivers)

• It also provides a temporary suspension of the requirement to have a current vehicle licence (rego), if the vehicle licence expires between 21 July 2021 and 30 November 2021.

As many vehicle inspection providers and driver licensing agents are busy in the lead up to the summer holiday period, Waka Kotahi is encouraging people to renew their documents as soon as possible and as alert levels allow. More information is available at: Frequently asked questions | Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (nzta.govt.nz)

I recommend operators follow Waka Kotahi’s advice. Meanwhile Transporting New Zealand will continue to work with officials to ensure there is appropriate planning in place so that next time there are significant constraints on the availability of Waka Kotahi services appropriate contingencies can be promptly put in place to reduce the stress and risk that transport operators have recently faced.