What you need to know about the Peter Wastney Engineering revoked certifications for towbars, drawbeams and drawbars
All Peter Wastney Engineering (PWE) towbars, drawbeams and drawbars have now had their certifications revoked regardless of condition. Notice of the towbar ban was issued by NZTA on April 23, and a further notice banning drawbeams and drawbars was issued May 3.
The heavy trucks fitted with affected towbars and drawbeams can remain on the road, but they must not be used to tow trailers until the drawbeams are removed, replaced or inspected and recertified.
The heavy trailers with affected drawbars cannot be operated until the drawbars are replaced or inspected and recertified.
If you own a vehicle with a PWE certified towing connection
You must have your towbar, drawbeam or drawbar recertified by a certified engineer before road use. You will have received a revocation notice in the mail, and/or been contacted by phone by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Not sure if your towing connection certification has been revoked?
Click here to view a full list of registration plates with towbar certifications revoked
Click here to view a full list of registration plates with drawbeam certifications revoked
Click here to view a full list of registration plates with drawbar certifications revoked
Contact a certified engineer
At BVT we are doing our best to support recertification efforts. We are currently making weekly inspection trips to affected regions, however our time is limited. If we aren’t able to assist you, Click here to view contact details of HVET certified engineers across the country provided by NZTA.
Who will cover the costs of re-certification?
The NZTA have agreed to cover the cost of recertification and, where necessary, repair or replacement of your towing connection. They are currently working on a process to reimburse vehicle owners for recertification and this will be communicated to all affected vehicle owners shortly.
Important: BVT Engineering is not a member of the NZTA panel of providers servicing Nelson under the HVE collective response. Normal commercial rates apply.
Detailed information from NZTA
A thorough communications piece answering all key questions relating to the situation has been compiled by NZTA.
Click here to view information from NZTA. The following questions are answered in detail:
I own a heavy vehicle with a PWE certified towbar – what do I need to do?
I no longer have a towbar on my heavy vehicle – what do I need to do?
I’ve had my towbar made inoperable – what do I need to do?
How can I make my towbar inoperable?
What if I have already had my towbar replaced?
If my heavy vehicle was part of the original safety alert in February 2018, but the towing connection certification has not been revoked, what do I do?
I’ve had no issues with my towbar certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited. Why do I need to recertify it?
Does the revocation still apply if the towbar certification was issued by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited but the work was done by someone else?
I’ve had no issues with my drawbeam/drawbar certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited. What should I do?
How long has the Transport Agency known about the problems with drawbeams/towbars/drawbars certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited?
The certification on my vehicle’s towbar has been revoked. How soon do I need to have it recertified?
I have a drawbeam/drawbar on my truck/trailer. How soon do I need to have it recertified?
The certification on the drawbeam/towbar/drawbar on my truck/trailer still has some years left before it expires. Who is going to pay for a new one?
I have a component (eg log bolster, fifth wheel, skid plate, crane mount, etc.) certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited and it has cracks. What should I do?
My vehicle’s CoF is about to expire. Will it pass a CoF inspection if I have a towbar certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited on my vehicle?
My vehicle’s CoF is about to expire. Will it pass a CoF inspection if I have a drawbeam/drawbar certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited on my truck/trailer?
Who can I get to recertify or replace the drawbeam/towbar/drawbar on my truck/trailer?
My vehicle’s drawbeam/drawbar certification hasn’t been revoked. I can’t locate any damage even though Peter Wastney Engineering Limited completed the work? Can I still use my truck and trailer?
Who will reimburse my loss of income for when my truck and/or trailer is/are off the road?
What if I do nothing?
What happens if I do use the towbar for towing before it has been recertified?
Is it only work completed on drawbeams/towbars/drawbars that we need to be concerned about?
What is the difference between a drawbeam, a towbar and a drawbar?
Who can I contact at the Transport Agency to discuss this further?