Yet another vehicle repair certifier, has been suspended from issuing certifications by the New Zealand Transport Agency following consistent concerns about his quality of work.
Auckland-based vehicle repair certifier Dale Barlass was given notice by the NZTA that he was to cease performing vehicle certifications, effective immediately.
NZ Transport Agency’s regulatory compliance team has now begun an official investigation into work done by Barlass.
“A formal investigation will urgently look at whether we need to revoke any of the certifications Mr Barlass has issued and whether we’ll need to re-inspect any vehicles,” NZTA’s chief executive Fergus Gammie says.
“We can assure New Zealanders this work will be completed as quickly as possible, in order to give vehicle owners certainty.”
Acting on advice from lawyers Meredith Connell, the NZ Transport Agency suspended Mr Barlass due to a series of upheld complaints, during which Mr Barlass admitted to: Failing to follow vehicle standards requirements when inspecting and certifying a vehicle. Not using manufacturers’ repair processes when available and issuing certification to a vehicle even though it was still damaged.
If the certifications are revoked this could lead to more vehicles left off the road in need of re-certification.
The action against Mr Barlass comes as urgent work continues on 152 open compliance cases prioritised around risk to safety. He is the third vehicle inspector so far to be suspended as part of the wider review by law firm Meredith Connell.
“We have acknowledged that our previous approach has been neither sufficiently robust nor swift enough to ensure the highest levels of regulatory compliance in the past. Now we are putting it right,” Mr Gammie says.
“New Zealanders can expect full accountability and an increased number of enforcement actions taken to ensure compliance. Today’s announcement is in line with that undertaking.”
If you have concerns about your vehicle, questions or want more information you can email the transport agency at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NZTA have also established a call free number, 0800 468 244 for anyone who wants to anonymously provide any information they may have about non-compliance. This phone line is operated independently by Crimestoppers, ensuring full anonymity, and is available 24/7.
Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018
Another Certifier Suspended by the NZTA
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