The NZ Transport Agency has immediately suspended Westland Mechanical and Tyre Limited’s (trading as Westland Automotive and Tyre) appointment as an Inspecting Organisation.
The Auckland based business’ sole director and shareholder Mr Akram Zakeri has also been immediately suspended as a vehicle inspector.
The suspension notices were served on Friday afternoon (November 23).
This follows concerns about his failure to check some aspects of vehicles during warrant of fitness assessments, such as brakes, seatbelts, steering and exhaust systems.
We are unaware of specific concerns relating to individual vehicles however, due to the poor quality of Mr Zakeri’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 from Westland Mechanical and Tyre Limited to get their vehicle rechecked.
The NZ Transport Agency will contact all 3,721 affected vehicle owners individually as soon as possible to advise them on recheck options.
There will be no further comment on this alert. A further update will be provided next week on the Westland Mechanical and Tyre Limited suspension.
For more information on the regulatory compliance review, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/regulatory-compliance-review