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 John’s authority was revoked in December 2012.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


1. Disclaimer

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and forum participants on this web site do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the owners of this website or official policies of the owners of this website

2. Copyright Statement and Policy

A. The author of each article published on this web site owns his or her own words.
B. The articles on this web site may be freely redistributed in other media and non-commercial publications as long as the following conditions are met.
(i)    The redistributed article may not be abridged, edited or altered in any way without the express consent of the author.
(ii)   The redistributed article may not be sold for a profit or included in another media or publication that is sold for a profit without the express consent of the author.
(iii)    The articles on this web site may be included in a commercial publication or other media only if prior consent for republication is received from the author. The author may request compensation for republication for commercial uses.

3. Submissions

An article may be submitted for possible publication on this web site in the following manner.

A. Logging in an Author
B. The website owners reserve the right to approve or decline Authors.
C. Articles are published on this web site only on the condition that the author agrees to the terms of the Copyright Statement and Policy above.

Contact John Brett Technology Ltd

John certifying a classic Porche

John certifying a classic Porche

We can be contacted at:

0800 LOW VOLUME (0800 569865)


We offer an Engineering Consultancy service, including design and drafting as required.

Call us to discuss your needs- 0800 LOW VOLUME or

Statement of ethics for Registered Engineering Associates:

John’s experience-
CV Relevant to Low Volume Vehicle Certification

1 Rebuilding bicycles and motorbikes
While still at school 1958-1962

2 Assisting my father.
My father was skilled sheet-metal worker, coachbuilder and panel-beater. Whilst at school I assisted him in panel beating, rust repair, wheeling and shaping panels. 1957- 1963

Dad working on Aston Martin prototype

Dad working on Aston Martin prototype

Dad working on Aston Martin prototype

Dad working on Aston Martin prototype

Dad working on Aston Martin prototype

Dad working on Aston Martin prototype

3 Ford 10 Special
Futile attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear 1962

4 Aluminium monocoque sports car-
To be powered by mid mounted motorcycle engine. Never completed due to technical problems. 1960-1962

5 1938 Triumph Dolomite special
Building a steel-framed, beaten aluminium body for a friend at Benmore, raced on Haul-roads 1964

6 Ministry of Works Benmore: Apprentice Circuit:
I worked in the Boiler-making shop, Machine Shop, Plant Repair Depot (working on Earthmoving machinery etc).

7 Ministry of Works Benmore: Mechanical Draughtsman:
Design of cranes, lifting gear, construction equipment, special and modified vehicles used on site. I received formal, on-job, training in mechanical design, stress analysis, properties of materials, workshop technology, and construction techniques. 1962 to 1966

8 Certified Concrete Ltd Christchurch- Design Draughtsman- 1966-1968
Sole responsibility for design of concrete Batching plant, Gravel plant, and Ready Mix Concrete trucks. We pioneered the design of light weight, high pressure hydraulic mixer trucks, superior to vehicles built even today.

9 Todd Motor Industries- 1968 to 1972
As “Mechanical Draughtsman” then “Tooling and Equipment Engineer” I was responsible for all plant, facilities and tooling required for manufacture of Chrysler, Hillman, Mitsubishi, Commer and Dodge vehicles. Highlights- Complete tooling and launch of VH Valiant range, including Valiant Charger. 1968-1972

10 Ford Motor Co-
“Process Engineer” for 5 years – Process Engineering, including body shop, metal finish, paint, mechanical, and final assembly for Ford Cortina Mk3 and 4 range, Ford Escort Mk 1 and 2 range, Ford transit range, etc.

11 New Zealand Electricity Department:
Gas Turbine Generation Engineer: Responsible for operation and maintenance of Stratford, Whirinaki and Otahuhu Power Stations. Involved performance analysis of Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, and Curtiss Wright equipment, development of maintenance procedures, design and manufacture of locally made components including complete replacement Turbine casings made of Ni-resist Iron. 1978-1988

12 Amateur involvement:
Benmore, car racing on Haul Roads 1964-1966
Gravel-road rallying on NZED roads in South island
Ford Zephyr Mk1 Convertible-
Restoration, work included overhaul of power hood, and design and manufacture of hydraulic power window system, including making all valves and cylinders. 1966- 1968
Wellington Car Club 1968-1970
Citroen Car Club Wellington- Secretary 1980-1986
Cold Kiwi Rat-bike contender 1992
House building- 3 houses, including development of earthquake and cyclone proof designs
Boatbuilding built several racing yachts.

13 VSR-CE inspector for LTSA-
(Vehicle Entry Certification) 1998-2000

14 LVV Certification (as John Brett Technology Ltd.)
From April 2000 to April 2009- we have certified approximately 5,000 vehicles.

Qualifications and Training
1 NZCE (Mechanical) Various institutes 1969
2 Basic Jet Air New Zealand 1980
3 Operator training- Boilers NZED 1983
4 Operator training- Turbines NZED 1983
5 ICL Critical Path Analysis ICL Wellington 1984
6 Boatmaster Marine Department 1984
7 Basic Non-Destructive testing Air New Zealand 1985
8 Basic Metallurgy Auckland University 1986
9 Selection of Materials seminar Auckland University 1986
10 Non-Destructive Evaluation Seminar Auckland University 1986
11 Management Development Unit MST for NZED 1987
12 Application of Microprocessors Auckland University 1987
13 Registration as REA Engineering Associates Registration Board 1987
14 Dale Carnegie Sales Course Dale Carnegie Institute 1992
15 New Zealand Economics Massey University 1995
16 LVVTA Training seminars from 2000 thru to 2009