A warrant of fitness (WoF) is a regular check to ensure that your vehicle meets required safety standards.
Vehicles first registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000 will need annual WoF inspections for their lifetime.
According to New Zealand Transport Agency, a warrant inspection covers:
- tyre condition (including tread depth)
- brake operation
- structural condition (rust is not allowed in certain areas)
- glazing (is your windscreen safe?)
- windscreen washers and wipers
- doors (do they open and close safely?)
- safety belts (must not be damaged or overly faded; buckles must work properly)
- airbags (if fitted)
- speedometer (must be working)
- steering and suspension (must be safe and secure)
- exhaust (there must be no leaks and the exhaust must not be smoky or louder than the original exhaust system)
- fuel system (there must be no leaks).
It’s illegal to drive a vehicle…
If it doesn't meet WoF requirements.
If it doesn't display a valid WoF label.