Whilst this is going off subject, I know that we’re all car owners and this does affect us all.
So we’ve probably all seen the TV advert and I dare say that many out there have been brainwashed by it. The MTA knows how easy it is to manipulate public opinion. Looking at the votes submitted on their website seem to be achieving their goal.
Here’s a link to the MTA Hands off the WOF site: http://www.handsoffthewof.co.nz/our-campaign.html
What’s really behind the MTA WOF campaign?
Did you know that the MTA owns VTNZ?
It hardly takes a rocket scientist to do the Maths: If the Warrant of Fitness tests dropped from the current 6 monthly testing to every 12 months then the VTNZ would lose 50% of its revenue. On top of that, the MTA would also lose income from some other members who depend upon frequent testing for a large chunk of their turn over.
Crap Kiwi journalism adding to the brainwashing?
I completely understand why the MTA would have such a one-sided campaign. What disturbs me more is that many of the lazy journalists have completely overlooked the motives of the MTA.
Campbell Live ran a show and failed to mention that the MTA owned VTNZ. It was the usual bullshit sensationalist scaremongering with no apparent research. Other than getting quotes from the MTA and visiting a VTNZ testing station little else was mentioned. So much for cutting edge leading journalism!
Personally, I believe that having a testing system based upon distance travelled would be the sensible option, even on older cars. Other than income for the MTA and its members, is there any reason why you would test a classic car that lives in a garage and only travels on sunny weekends every 6 months?
Maybe testing a car every 20,000 KM or every 3 years, depending on which comes first would be a better solution along with tougher policing and better driver education.
If the current 6-month system is working then how come we have so many vehicles on our roads with no WOF at all? It amazes me how many cars I see at night with a headlamp out and park-lights failed too! Yet in the UK where testing is only every 12 months (MOT) such a thing is a rare event. I could make other examples but I think my point is already clear.
Don’t even get me started on the subject of compulsory vehicle insurance, or should that be lack of it?
More responsibility needs to be taken by the vehicle owners. Hell, I even think that part of the driving test should involve basic knowledge of how a car works, for example, the driving test should involve demonstrating that you know how to change a wheel and check your tyre pressure.
I really hope that the government takes into account that the MTA is buying public opinion here.
I really had hoped for better from the MTA but at the end of the day, it’s hard to view the MTA as much more than another boys club where they only look out for their own interests.
It would be a shame if we all fell for the spin!