Financial claims no longer accepted
Waka Kotahi is no longer accepting financial support claims related to towing connection certifications issued by Patrick Chu.
Towbar claims closed on 14 September 2020.
Drawbar and drawbeam claims closed on 16 November 2020.
Certificate of Fitness
Vehicles that have not had Patrick Chu certified towing connections recertified, removed or made permanently inoperable are likely to have their Certificate of Fitness revoked. Vehicle owners have been advised to email Waka Kotahi at email@example.com by 12 March 2021 with evidence of action taken to avoid this happening. Letters have been sent to all vehicle owners affected.
Waka Kotahi suspended Auckland based heavy vehicle specialist certifier (HVSC) Patrick Chu in October 2018, following safety concerns over the certifications issued for several heavy vehicle components.
A team of senior engineers and experts investigated Mr Chu’s towbar, drawbar and drawbeam files and discovered certifications were issued for a range of non-compliant works.
In December 2018, Mr Chu’s certifications for towbars were revoked and required recertification, removal or being made permanently inoperable by 31 August 2020. In April 2019, his certifications of drawbars and drawbeams were revoked and required recertification, removal or being made permanently inoperable by 31 October 2020.
Without the towing connections being resolved as above, Waka Kotahi considers vehicles with these revoked components to be unfit for the issue of a Certificate of Fitness (CoF).
This means impacted vehicles should not be operated on the road, other than for the sole purpose of bringing them into compliance, and only if they are safe to be operated for such a purpose.