Recently the Automobile Association (AA) have been in the media voicing their opinion on the frequency of WOF testing. The Association’s spokesmen have explained New Zealand tests vehicles more frequently than other countries and that this costs the motorist a lot of money.
The AA’s argument is that only 5.4% of crashes are caused by vehicle defects and that 39% of these vehicles had no WOF and 52% of them had a tyre fault. The AA is supported by Transport Officials who said increasing the time between WOF (Warrant of Fitness) checks would cause only a few extra deaths per year. Well, those few extra dead people sure will be grateful for this news. Bettertyres wonders if their relatives and friends will agree?
We can only suggest that the AA’s argument is fatally flawed. Six monthly WOF tests have held defective vehicle crashes to only 5.4% of all accidents with 39% of them having no wof and 52% having faulty tyres. It seems obvious that these statistics will deteriorate significantly if Wof Tests are extended to 12 monthly or more. Vehicles can deteriorate significantly in 6 months and such deterioration increases exponentially over longer periods.
Also, the 39% of vehicles with no Wof eventually do have their defects repaired, albiet 1 to 3 months late; extending WOF testing to 12 months or more will only make the situation worse.
Bettertyres urges our Government to retain 6 monthly Warrants of Fitness Tests.