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Making Driving Safer – Shafie Bin Sulaiman

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“I’ve been a vehicle inspector for over 30 years, and I’ve seen the many changes in the industry moving forward to more innovative and safer processes”

Senior Vehicle Inspector Shafie Bin Sulaiman has been working for VINZ for six years after immigrating to New Zealand, from Singapore, in 2015. He is currently at our new state-of-the-art testing station in Rolleston.

Shafie has a wide range of experience, having served in the military in Singapore Armed Forces for 24 years as a soldier, as well as, in automotive for light and heavy vehicle inspections, as his second trade as part of his military training. Shafie has held many titles, Warrant Officer, Middle-Management, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Transport Safety Specialist, Maintenance Safety and Analysis Specialist, Company Sergeant Major, Workshop Officer, and now in his current role as Senior Vehicle Inspector for VINZ.

Shafie says, “I’m motivated by my work colleagues and VINZ management who take pride in their work. The team is dedicated to the same mission of keeping vehicles safe for all New Zealanders. I am grateful to be living in New Zealand, to wake up in this beautiful country and enjoy the freedoms we have currently.

“I’ve been a vehicle inspector for over 30 years, and I’ve seen the many changes in the industry moving forward to more innovative and safer processes” says Shafie. “There’s “new blood” within the inspection and auditing areas to improve in the industry within New Zealand. This will help other countries modernise and improve their processes too”.

“Legislation is a big part of the inspection process, it’s everchanging with new Technologies coming through and this helps the industry to minimise hazards, that could lead to the loss of lives” says Shafie.

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