John Brett

John is a professional engineer with 50 years experience.

John has designed and built many cars, trucks, and vehicle assembly facilities.

John has worked on design of roads, bridges, cranes, transmission towers, and buildings, and operation, maintenance and upgrade of hydro and gas turbine power stations.

John was a LVV Certifier for 13 years. John has long been a whistle-blower, expressing the view that the LVV system is dangerously deficient. John's authority was revoked in December 2012.

John rides a 1992 Yamaha FJ1200ABS, and is also a keen road and off road cyclist.

APOLOGY

“The LVVTA has brought it to my attention that statements I have made in relation to it and its employees may have been perceived as defamatory.

I sincerely regret that and apologise for any harm caused. I have taken down the statements identified by the LVVTA of concern to it.

I have strong views about the low volume vehicle certification process and intend in the future to direct my energies into the public inquiry now being held in relation to it.”

John Brett 7th October 2015

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Defamation Trial date set.

CIV-2015-404-001925 Mr AP Johnson and Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association vs John Brett
I will be self representing as a Lay Litigant

3 Day Trial Auckland High Court
Jul 31 – Aug 2 · Auckland High Court · Auckland
3 people interested · 1 person going

I have written to Mr Johnson, the LVVTA, all LVVTA Counsel members, and other interested parties, asking what they hope to achieve by this action.
I pointed out that it is going to be very costly for the LVVTA, (in additional to expenses already incurred). I cannot see any possible gain to them even if they were to win the case.

I have yet to hear any reply.

John Brett

Freedom of the Press

“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.

“Press freedom is one of the most important freedoms in a civilised society. It allows us to discover things about the world, including things the powers-that-be would prefer to keep hidden, and it allows us to give our own take on the world, too. It’s the freedom that lets us see what’s going on, and to say our piece about it. It’s the building block of democracy, and of liberty. In the words of Thomas Jefferson: ‘Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press.’ ”

Extract from Editorial by BRENDAN O’NEILL
EDITOR, SPIKED.

NZ Legislation- Bill of Rights

Imported Modified Vehicles

In an email received from NZTA is this content:

“Good afternoon,

In September we invited you to comment on a proposed change to the process for imported modified vehicles, which would allow these vehicles to be excluded from LVV certification in New Zealand if they’ve already met appropriate overseas standards.

Please find attached a document which provides a summary of the key feedback received and our response to that feedback, and an update on what’s happening next.

We also invited comment on a second proposal that would provide an alternative way for approved commercial modifiers to achieve LVV certification for series production-based vehicle modifications. We’re in the process of collating and responding to the feedback we received on that topic, in parallel with running a pilot of the proposed process, and will provide an update on that activity within the next few weeks.
You’ve received this email because you previously indicated that you wanted to be kept informed of progress on the LVV Review, and/or because you made a submission on a discussion document relating to the processes mentioned above. Please let us know by return email if you’d like to be removed from this mailing list: lvreview@nzta.govt.nz
NZ Transport Agency
National Office / Victoria Arcade, 50 Victoria Street,
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand

Here is a link to the PDF containing the full details
imported_modified_vehicles_-_update_to_submitters

Here’s one of the first examples of imported modified vehicles (built in France, Certified to E standards) which should be arriving in NZ very soon.

French Built U-Drive Skoda Yeti mobility vehicle, Certified to E

French Built U-Drive Skoda Yeti mobility vehicle, Certified to E

Low Volume Vehicle Certification review- update from NZTA 31 August 2015

In an email received from the LVReview@nzta.govt.nz is this content:

In our last email update, we told you about a number of changes we were working on to improve the Low Volume Vehicle (LVV) system. Those changes have now been completed and further information about them follows. This update also contains information about work underway […]

Low volume vehicle certification review (phase 2)

From NZTA: This is to let you know we have updated our website with a new Questions and Answers document to provide an overview of work since we last communicated with you, and work currently under way.

Since we last updated you in December 2015, we have finalised our actions around: • Increasing Transport Agency […]

Give a Little- Please!

ALTHOUGH WE WON THE CASE THE COURT DID NOT AWARD COSTS (18TH MARCH 2016)

The cost to me of defending Mr Johnson’s application for an Injunction to suppress this website has been $8264 Huge thanks to the generous donors who have already contributed $1233.45.

My financial position now is RETIRED, (now my LVV Certification authority […]

HAS THE LOW VOLUME VEHICLE SYSTEM FAILED?

The Low Volume Vehicle System has failed in the following:-

The LVVTA have failed to develop and maintain LVV Standards- SEE- ORS Submission2 The LVVTA are failing to maintain an acceptable standard of safety of vehicles modified. LVVTA DANGERS- THE FACTS I understand that another Coroners report is pending, concerning a fatality resulting from the […]

Low Volume Vehicle Certification- Your Queries

We have been answering queries about LVV Certification ever since this website was started. The queries and the replies are spread around a number of posts.

So just to make things easier to find- here are some of the pages which might already have the answer you are looking for, or where you can post […]

Low volume vehicle certification review (phase 1)

From the NZTA website:

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/low-volume-vehicle-certification-review Low volume vehicle certification review (phase 1)

Published: October 2015 | Category: Research & reports | Audience: Motorists

The Low Volume Vehicle (LVV) certification system for scratch-built or modified vehicles is being reviewed to ensure it is still fit for purpose, and to look for ways it could be improved.

[…]

Electronic Systems- LVV standard required?

It is no secret that a modern car is becoming a computer on wheels. Critical functions such as braking, steering, chassis dynamics are becoming- not just electronically enhanced, but electronically CONTROLLED by embedded software and electronics systems. Self-driving cars are not yet on New Zealand roads, but they do exist- and most of the enabling […]

Government probe into LVVTA and LVV system

1 Low volume vehicle review welcomed

Press release- NZ Police Thursday, 9 July 2015, 11:53 am

and Hon Craig Foss

Hon Craig Foss Associate Minister of Transport 9 July 2015

Low volume vehicle review welcomed

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a review of the certification process for vehicles built from scratch or modified […]

Engineer’s report on faulty wheelchair vehicles haunts NZTA (UN-SAFER JOURNEYS?)

KIVI Kea Carnival conversion

Automotive News

The NZ Transport Agency dismissed a written report from one of its senior engineers warning that millions of dollars worth of wheelchair-access vehicles imported from Italy for use by the Accident Compensation Commission were unsafe and should not be allowed on NZ roads until they were repaired.

Tauranga […]