The NZ Transport Agency has immediately suspended vehicle inspector Mr Elia Sipaia and his inspecting organisation El’s Auto Services in East Tamaki, Auckland. The suspension notice was served late this afternoon (Tuesday, 4 December).
Mr Sipaia has a long history of non-compliance, including rushed inspections and failing to identify issues with brakes, seatbelts and corrosion.
The NZ Transport Agency will contact all 3,783 affected vehicle owners individually as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options. Vouchers will be provided.
We are unaware of specific concerns relating to individual vehicles however, due to the poor quality of Mr Sipaia’s inspections there is a possibility that some vehicles may have been incorrectly passed. For this reason we strongly encourage people who have a current Warrant of Fitness issued by Mr Sipaia and El’s Auto Service to get their vehicle rechecked.
There will be no further comment on this alert.
The NZ Transport Agency has records of all WoF inspections. Should we have any concerns about the inspection and certification of your vehicle’s WoF we will contact you directly, using the personal information recorded on the vehicle owner’s file.
If you have moved address or changed contact number in the past year and have not updated this, please do so by phoning the Transport Agency on 0800 108 809.
For more information on the regulatory compliance review and warrant of fitness information for customers, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/regulatory-compliance-review