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19/06/2017 2:00 p.m.
Monday 19 June, 2017
District Council is changing the way infringements for expired vehicle Warrant
of Fitness’ (WOF’s) and expired licences (commonly known as rego’s) are handled,
making the process clearer and more accommodating for drivers to renew their
the changes to come into effect on Monday 26 June, drivers observed parking in the
Ashburton CBD with an expired rego of less than 28 days will be issued a
warning, while expired rego’s of more than 28 days will be issued an
infringement notice, which carries a Government-set fine of $200.
expired rego will also trigger a check of the WOF details, and if this is
within the calendar month of the expiry date, a warning will be issued, and
those outside the calendar month will be issued an infringement notice - the fine for which is also set at $200.
Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says the changes provide
drivers with a courtesy warning about their vehicle documents, and also allows
an increase of 19 days grace for expired rego’s to be renewed if they are less
than 28 days expired.
changes reflect a move to standardise the infringement procedure and bring them
into line with many other territorial authorities’ approach in keeping unsafe
vehicles off the road.
review of our health and safety procedures for parking officers helped prompt
this move, which will allow officers to inspect vehicle WOF’s. This duty was
previously revoked, as it was unsafe for officers to step onto the road and into
oncoming traffic to check WOF’s, but now they will simply stand in front of the
vehicle and inspect the WOF from there.”
there is no warning procedure for drivers whose rego is expired, and WOF’s are
not inspected. The new warning system will involve a special ticket being
placed under a vehicles windshield wipers, similar to how infringement notices
are applied and will potentially help motorists avoid a possible total of $400.00 in fines.
to the Land Transport Act 1998 section 6, it is illegal to operate a vehicle
without a valid WOF unless driving straight to a place where repairs will be
conducted and/or the WOF renewed. Rego’s and WOF’s must also be visible at all
times. Like police, Council has authority to check and issue infringements for
invalid rego’s and WOF’s.
more information on parking in Ashburton District, visit the Council website.