The LVV certification system for scratch-built or modified vehicles has been in place since 1992. Recent customer feedback and experiences have prompted us to review the system to ensure it’s still fit for purpose, and to look for ways it could be improved.
We want the LVV system to be responsive to innovation, efficient and transparent. The system must uphold the safety of road users, while also providing a positive user experience for customers of the certification process. Feedback from the commercial sector dealing with low volume vehicles has suggested we could make improvements to the system to make it more suitable for them, encouraging innovation and economic growth without compromising on safety.
As part of our review of the LVV system, we’re seeking to develop and implement tailored certification processes that reflect the risks associated with different types of modifications and the contexts of different type of modifiers.
The LVV system applies to all modified or scratch-built vehicles produced in volumes of less than 500 per year, regardless of the process used or the quality controls in place for the modifications. The system applies equally to both hobbyist and commercial vehicle modifiers.
Feedback from the modification industry has suggested that the current system, while appropriate for scratch-built and individually modified vehicles, is less suitable for the commercial modification environment.
Currently, to achieve certification, all stages of modification must be sighted by an LVV certifier who then certifies the vehicles at the end of production. Costs for commercial modifiers can therefore accumulate significantly and there can be delays in the process while an LVV certifier is commissioned to undertake inspections.
Many vehicles commercially modified in New Zealand are modified in a factory-like setting, with strict processes and good quality controls in place, and are often built in a ‘series’ where multiple vehicles are built to the same design and process. As a result, they present a lower risk than individually-produced ‘one-off’ modifications. We are therefore proposing to provide an alternative method of obtaining certification for vehicles modified in these settings.
The benefits of providing an alternative certification system for commercial, production-based modifications include the following:
It’s important that a high standard of safety is maintained when commercial modifiers certify their vehicles. The proposed process includes a number of criteria and checks to ensure that high safety standards continue to be met.
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