Certificate of Fitness (CoF)
For passenger service, rental and heavy vehicles

A CoF is a regular inspection for passenger service, rental and heavy goods vehicles to ensure they meet the required NZ road safety standards.

This is required for vehicles such as taxis, shuttles, rental cars and motorcycles, heavy trucks, buses, licensed recovery service vehicles and rental and heavy campervans.

If your vehicle operates under a Transport Service Licence, please bring this with you.

If your vehicle fails a test, you have up to 28 days to have this re-inspected free of charge. Your vehicle may only be driven to a place of repair or inspection within this period.

 
What's included?

Depending on the type of vehicle, some or all of the following are checked:

  • Brake performance and condition
  • Doors
  • Exhaust condition and performance
  • Fuel system condition
  • Glazing
  • Lighting performance and condition
  • Load anchorage systems
  • Mudguards and mud flaps
  • Occupant protection systems
  • Safety belts
  • Speedometer
  • Steering and suspension
  • Stock crate and crate retention system condition
  • Structural condition
  • Towing connections
  • Wheel and tyre condition
  • Windscreen washers and wipers
 
How long will it take?

Light vehicles - approx. 30 mins – 1 hour. Heavy vehicles - approx. 1 - 2 hours.

 
How often?

Usually every six months.

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