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 John’s authority was revoked in December 2012.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.


“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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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 oversight of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and
• Increasing user awareness of the TAC process as the pathway for innovative new approaches or materials and for specialist enquiries.
We have also made significant progress on the actions relating to:
• Working with the LVVTA and certifiers to ensure users experience consistent interpretation and application of standards.
• Developing and implementing tailored certification processes that reflect the risks associated with different types of modifications and the contexts of different sector groups.
• Reviewing and clarifying the roles, functions and performance metrics of the LVVTA, LVV certifiers and the Transport Agency in respect of the LVV system.
Included in the updated Q&As document is the following:
• Links to flow charts to step users through the LVV system, and case studies on our website profiling recent approvals for variation from technical requirements to show the sorts of modifications and variations that the LVVTA’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) deals with.
• An update on various initiatives to improve the consistency of certification decisions. This work was in response to concerns raised in the survey we conducted last year. LVVTA has already introduced changes to increase certifier consistency, and the additional changes planned or underway should see this improve further. We have already received feedback from industry that consistency has been improving.
• An update on our work to investigate tailored certification processes that reflect the risks associated with different types of modifications and the circumstances of different sector groups.
We’ll contact you soon with a further update about the review. We’ll only contact you when we have something new to say, and anticipate this won’t be for a few weeks.


7 comments to Low volume vehicle certification review (phase 2)

  • mac mcdonald

    Looking at buying $50k hot rod but no fenders this means that I can not go on the road for a year even that it has new WOF and Reg,,
    Is there any way round the LVVAT system

    • johnbrett

      Hi Mac
      I am not familiar the rules about fender-less hot rods. I believe that it should have an exemption certificate if it has been LVV Certified. I would ask WHY would you want to drive a fender-less vehicle on the road anyway?
      If you are just looking at buying it, a warning- I have not been very impressed by some of the ways that Hot Rods have been constructed. I suggest that you get someone VERY experienced to check it out, I would suggest Mark Stokes.

  • bob

    how were you getting on with court cases, what everhappened to udrive mobility

    • johnbrett

      Hi Bob
      Thanks for your interest.
      We had a ‘pre-trial teleconference’ on Thursday, there are actions for me to take, and a further pre-trial conference in December. The matter could be settled then, but I’m not at liberty to discuss further
      U-Drive Mobility are very much in the picture, their Euro Certifications are complete, they are building and selling cars in Europe, and I hear that they are planning Damages actions against LVVTA



  • bob

    have followed your site, am amazed you are the only one brave enough to speak out about tony ,even though ltsa are doing a overhaul of system still will not change while he in charge ,,an incorporated soceity that never meets or oversees the lvvta, tony who is only a contractor , hasnt filed incorporated soceity statements financials,how much of there money has been wasted taking you to court,cant belive ltsa are letting operate as a soceity

  • johnbrett

    Hi Bob
    Thank you for the compliments

    You do realize that your comments will be added to the list of allegedly defamatory statements that I have published about Mr Johnson and the LVVTA!

    Quite a lot is going on behind the scenes.
    Currently I believe that NZTA cannot cut the LVVTA out of the scene without change to regulations, but that this could happen.

    One I can tell you about is the Incorporated Societies Bill, which will shortly be before Parliament.
    I do know that it includes penalties for malpractice, and that these penalties will be retrospective. Certain people at the LVVTA should be very worried.


  • dave

    What Bob said above was interesting, not sure how accurate though. Financials have been submitted regularly, you can see them on the incorporated societies website. But, I did check out the financial statements for the LVVTA, and the legal costs for the last 5 or 6 years are interesting reading! Starting in 2015 and working backwards they are: $60,773(2015), $11,875 (2014), $2000(2013), $6947(2012), $0(2011), $324(2010). From those numbers we can see the probable cost of taking John to court, but of course there may be other recent legal expenses we are not privy to!

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