Motorists who approve or disapprove of the proposed changes to the Warrant of Fitness system need to comment by the end of today.
Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com said the government's WoF changes have been very deceptively packaged.
"The Government has done a brilliant job of presenting the changes to the vehicle licensing system as a measure to save ordinary motorists time and money. Actually, the average motorist will save very little and may lose a lot," he said.
Research carried out by the Automobile Association found more than 60 per cent of New Zealand drivers fear changes to vehicle licensing regulations will mean fewer WoF checks.
A recent Motor Trade Association survey found 630 of the 1000 drivers surveyed believed changing the frequency of WoF inspections would compromise road safety.
People can make comments on the Ministry of Transport website.
The options proposed by the Government:
- Yearly inspections for all vehicles up to 12-years-old, six-monthly thereafter
- First inspection at three years, annual thereafter and an improved test
- Inspection based in distance travelled, with measures to encourage safe vehicles
- Inspection on change of ownership, with measures to encourage safe vehicles
- with APNZ