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NZTA boss quits amid widespread problems with Warrant of Fitness assessments

The chief executive of the NZ Transport Agency has resigned after a number of businesses have been found to have delivered substandard Warrant of Fitness assessments.

In a statement this afternoon the agency announced that Fergus Gammie has tendered his resignation, which has been accepted by the Board.

Mr Gammie said that he was "proud" of his work at the NZTA and by stepping aside he was hopeful that the necessary review and improvement of the regulatory function at the agency could be completed without any distraction.

"I am proud of the work I have overseen during my tenure as CEO, particularly setting NZTA on a path towards being a modern multimodal transport agency," Mr Gammie said.

Tens of thousands of vehicles have been recalled and several inspectors suspended on Fergus Gammie’s watch. Source: 1 NEWS

"However, as I said in October, the Transport Agency has long been focused and reliant on education and self-regulation rather than focusing attention and resources on ensuring regulatory compliance and enforcement.

"I also said that the public can expect that an increased number of enforcement actions would be taken to ensure compliance."

The NZTA say that Mr Gammie will step down on December 31 and the board will make an announcement regarding the recruitment of a new chief executive in the New Year.1

Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has ordered a review of NZTA, after revelations it has failed to enforce safety rules in many inspection areas.

"This is not acceptable, and we’re changing that," Fergus Gammie vowed on Breakfast. Source: Breakfast