Point is, system stuffed up

LETTER

Re: It’s a safety issue, March 4 letter.

You missed the point. I was allowed to use the vehicle when the defect should have been picked up much earlier at the testing station. I agree it is a safety issue. My safety and the safety of others was compromised because it was considered roadworthy when it should not have been.

I am now glad to have a “legit” warrant; paying for repairs was never an issue. It is a fundamental right of citizens to question the system when it stuffs up, which is what I did ducky.

Wally Te Ua

Re: It’s a safety issue, March 4 letter.

You missed the point. I was allowed to use the vehicle when the defect should have been picked up much earlier at the testing station. I agree it is a safety issue. My safety and the safety of others was compromised because it was considered roadworthy when it should not have been.

I am now glad to have a “legit” warrant; paying for repairs was never an issue. It is a fundamental right of citizens to question the system when it stuffs up, which is what I did ducky.

Wally Te Ua

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Charmaine Fouhy - 16 days ago
Most surely it is a citizen's fundamental right "to question the system when it stuffs up" - even when it takes a citizen seven years to do so . . . . Thank you for your explanation, it's so funny it's quacking me up.

Alan - 16 days ago
You said you noticed the defect when you bought the car, but you waited seven years to get it fixed, only doing so when you were forced to by the WoF failing, then you complain that the system failed you? Did you tell the WoF inspector about the fault, or stay quiet?

You are failing to fulfil one of the requirements of owning a vehicle. Owners are responsible for keeping the vehicle in a warrantable condition, including in between WoF checks - for example, if your tyre tread gets below the limit, you are responsible for replacing them immediately, not waiting until the next WoF. How often do you check your tyre pressure and tread depth, fluid levels under the bonnet, lights, indicators etc? All easily checked by the lay-person. Your owners' manual has a bunch of stuff in there, about regular checks and maintenance.

Take responsibility for your own inaction, and the safety of other road users - check your vehicle regularly and fix the problems you know about. You might not have known it was a WoF issue, but you knew it was faulty.