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Vehicle Testing New Zealand
Founded 1994 (1994)
Key people
Mike Walsh, CEO
Website www.vtnz.co.nz

Vehicle Testing New Zealand Limited (VTNZ) is a company based in Wellington, New Zealand that carries out government-mandated Warrant of Fitness and other inspections of motor vehicles. It is the largest vehicle inspection company in New Zealand.[1]

VTNZ was founded in 1994 as Vehicle Testing New Zealand and was a New Zealand state-owned enterprise. In 1999, it was privatised and sold to the Motor Transport Association (MTA) for NZD$19.2 million. In 2004, the company rebranded itself as VTNZ and purchased its principal competitor On Road New Zealand.[2]

In 2011, VTNZ had over 85 vehicle testing stations across New Zealand and employed nearly 1000 people. Some stations also act as government agents in processing driver licence and vehicle registration applications.[3] In 2010, VTNZ also entered New Zealand's roadside assistance market.[4]

In 2013, MTA announced that German based company DEKRA would purchase 60 percent of VTNZ for NZD$36 million. Following the purchase, VTNZ began offering a wider range of services including vehicle servicing.[5]

In 2014, VTNZ took over practical driver testing in New Zealand.[1] VTNZ has been a three time winner of the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Award for Enterprise category (2014-2016).[6]


  1. ^ a b "About VTNZ". VTNZ. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Vehicle Testing NZ cleared to buy On Road NZ". New Zealand Herald. 19 November 2004. 
  3. ^ Adams, Christopher (17 January 2011). "Vehicle testing chief enjoys hands-on approach to his job". New Zealand Herald. 
  4. ^ Booker, Jarrod (26 October 2010). "VTNZ forays into roadside assistance market". New Zealand Herald. 
  5. ^ O'Donnell, Mike (7 September 2013). "Brakes are off for just-sold VTNZ". stuff.co.nz. 
  6. ^ "IBM Best Workplaces". 

External links[edit]

  • VTNZ, official website