VINZ welcomes NZTA decision on proposed policy change
NZTA announces the outcome of its consultation on the proposed operational policy changes to protect the integrity of entry certification decisions
NZTA has announced the outcome of its consultation on the proposed operational policy changes to protect the integrity of entry certification decisions. After a lengthy and thorough consultation process the agency has decided to improve the implementation of its existing policy instead of changing the operational policy.
VINZ is very pleased with this outcome. It removes a cloud of uncertainty that had been hanging over us and the entire sector. This opens the door to new investment in the business and to more innovation.
The initial phase of the consultation on proposed policy changes created uncertainty for us and our customers, and the proposed policy changes had a chilling effect on investment across the sector.
However, we took the consultation extremely seriously and made submissions based on evidence and expert advice. We were reassured once it became clear that NZTA was committed to making a sound and well-considered decision following a full and transparent consultation process. We are now in a position to look at what investment may now be required to further our primary objective, ensuring the safety of vehicles driven on New Zealand roads.
It is also the right decision. It is in line with the recommendations of the Office of the Auditor General and State Services Commission on managing conflicts of interest, and with the requirements of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002, Rule 35001/1.
NZTA’s own investigations found no evidence that public safety had ever been placed at risk as a result of VINZ ownership. Internal NZTA documents, obtained under the OIA during the consultation process, show that VINZ had managed any conflicts well.
VINZ greatly appreciates the thorough and measured approach adopted by senior NZTA personnel throughout the consultation period. They were meticulous in their review of the evidence presented, and the NZTA Board accepted their recommendations.
NZTA has said it will improve its regulatory oversight of vehicle inspections by implementing a more effective regulatory assurance and audit programme. We welcome this initiative, which is in line with recommendations we made in our feedback to NZTA.
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