National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says Waka Kotahi-NZTA is driving in the wrong direction as motorhomes and horse truck owners scramble to meet new modified cab regulations.
NZTA’s LT400 ruling in April, which forces the sign-off of a specialist engineer on any cab modifications made since 2005, will cost individual vehicle owners thousands of dollars as the agency tries to apply it retrospectively.
Some cabs will need to be stripped to check components as part of the certificate of fitness process for vehicles heavier than 3.5 tonnes. This includes imported vehicles already certified in their country of origin and new vehicles modified locally.
“Owners are saying they have been quoted upwards of $30,000 to do this work, and that specialist engineers are running a mile from doing it,” says Barbara. “For those that are, the wait times are months, not days or weeks.”