Updated: 18 December 2019
Peter Wastney recertification update for customers – 25 November 2019
Further towbar, drawbar and drawbeam certifications issued by Peter Wastney Engineering Ltd (PWE) are revoked. Some vehicles owners have received an exemption to continue operating their vehicle as long as they do not use the towbar or drawbeam to tow.
The Transport Agency understands the significant impact of this decision on both vehicle owners and heavy vehicle specialist certifiers, and we have communicated with the sector who acknowledge public safety must come first.
We want to support vehicle owners and heavy vehicle specialist certifiers however we can, including covering the cost to vehicle owners to rectify any issues identified with towbars, drawbars and drawbeams, as this was our policy for the PWE revocations carried out in 2018. We’re also working with the Heavy Vehicle Engineers Group To help certifiers deal with the additional workload.
Following the failure of a drawbeam certified by Peter Wastney of Peter Wastney Engineering Limited (PWE) in August 2017, the NZ Transport Agency launched an investigation into towing connection certifications issued by the company.
The investigation revealed serious safety concerns due to errors made by PWE, as well as poor record keeping. A review of PWE work is ongoing.
Out of concern for public safety, the Transport Agency issued a safety alert on 14 February 2018 relating to all towbar, drawbar and drawbeam connections certified by PWE. Independent reviews identified that they were not adequately designed for the loads to which they had been certified. The safety alert urgently required all operators with heavy vehicles whose drawbeams, drawbars, or towbars were certified by PWE to have them cleaned and inspected for signs of cracks or other failures. If any signs were found, the vehicles’ use as a combination vehicle needed to be discontinued immediately.
Following the safety alert, in 2018 the Transport Agency issued notices of revocation to vehicle owners with towbar, drawbar and drawbeam certifications issued by PWE in the previous 10 years.
It is clear Mr Wastney’s files were poorly kept, inconsistent, and in many cases lacking basic detail. The Transport Agency has since pieced together a list of further towbar, drawbar and drawbeam certifications completed by Mr Wastney that we believe on reasonable grounds to be substandard. Safety is our top priority and these certifications have also been revoked.
If you own a heavy vehicle with a towbar, drawbeam or drawbar certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited, you may receive a letter from the NZ Transport Agency.
The letter explains that we are revoking the certification that allows the towbar, drawbar or drawbeam to be used, and includes a notice of revocation.
For vehicles with towbars and drawbeams attached, an exemption has been granted allowing vehicle owners to continue operating the vehicle as long as the towbar or drawbeam is not used to tow anything.
This exemption remains in place until 31 May 2021 and you will need to have the component recertified by a Heavy Vehicle Specialist Certifier (HVSC) that has ‘HVET’ authorisation by that date.
If you choose to remove the towbar or drawbeam or have it made permanently inoperable, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Confirming towbar/drawbeam removed/inoperable’. Please note that removing the towball or tow coupling only is not an acceptable method of rendering a towbar or drawbeam inoperable.
You will be able to renew the vehicle’s Certificate of Fitness without having the towbar or drawbeam recertified up until 31 May 2021. If you renew your Certificate of Fitness without the towbar or drawbeam being recertified, please note that you still won’t be able to use the towbar or drawbeam.
If the exemption to use your vehicle and not tow anything has expired, you will not be able to renew your Certificate of Fitness until you have the component recertified.
Vehicles with drawbars attached can’t be operated until the drawbar is recertified by a Heavy Vehicle Specialist Certifier (HVSC) that has ‘HVET’ authorisation. Under current legislation, a vehicle that is not certified can be used where:
Affected drawbars will not be able to pass a CoF until recertified. Drawbars must be recertified by 31 May 2021 which is when the exemption above expires.
Select the list below that you would like to check. There are lists for revocations that took place in 2018 and 2019. Vehicle plate numbers are listed in alphabetical order and you can quickly search by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ and ‘F’ keys. Type your plate number in the search box that appears.
Lists are current as at 18 December 2019 and will be updated as required.
Note: many of the vehicles in the 2018 lists below have now been recertified.
If you didn't receive a letter, and believe that the towbar, drawbeam or drawbar on your heavy vehicle was certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited, please phone 0800 699 000 or email email@example.com with the subject line ‘Check PWE certification’.
Towbars: sample of the towbar letter [PDF, 844 KB] – November 2019
Drawbeams: sample of the drawbeam letter [PDF, 844 KB] – November 2019
Drawbars: sample of the drawbar letter [PDF, 600 KB] – November 2019
The Transport Agency is committed to supporting vehicle owners whose vehicles have towbars, drawbars or drawbeams certified by PWE. Although the Transport Agency isn’t legally liable to do so, we’ve agreed to cover the cost of inspection, recertification and any necessary repairs or replacements, in order to lessen the impact of the revocations we’ve called for. Please complete the TOW3 form, ensuring the vehicle owner has signed each copy.
The options in the letters above tell you what you need to do so that we can cover the costs for you. Please note: requests for financial support must be submitted by midnight, 14 June 2021.