COVID-19 UPDATE 5 APRIL 2022

THE MOTOR VEHICLE DISPUTES TRIBUNAL
TE RŌPŪ TAKE TAUTOHENGA Ā-WAKA

PROTOCOL OF THE TRIBUNAL UNDER THE COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

1. While the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 is in force, the Tribunal will, as far as is reasonably practicable, operate in its usual manner.

2. Everyone who attends the Tribunal in person must comply with the health and safety requirements at the hearing facility.

3. In many cases there will be a need to change (possibly at short notice) the way the Tribunal operates, including by conducting hearings entirely by video-link or telephone or by requiring that documents be emailed rather than posted or delivered.

4. Parties affected by any change to the Tribunal’s usual operating procedures will be advised of those changes and provided with information to ensure that they understand how their matter will be handled by the Tribunal.

5. This Protocol applies until revoked or modified by the Tribunal.

6. The Tribunal’s Protocol dated 18 January 2022 is revoked.

Brett Carter, David Jackson, Deirdre Watson and Jason McHerron
Adjudicators
5 April 2022

IMPORTANT: If you bought a vehicle from a private seller and want to dispute the sale – you’ll need to go through the Disputes Tribunal.

Disputes Tribunal(external link)

The Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal is only for people who have bought a vehicle from a registered trader – or from a trader that meets the criteria for registration but isn’t. You can look at the Motor Vehicle Sales Act to find out more about the definition of a trader.

It’s a good idea to read the Consumer Protection website(external link)

It explains what to do if you have a problem and how to get it resolved.

The Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal deals with disputes of amounts up to $100,000. It can be more if both parties agree in writing.

Have your say: Consultation on Motor Vehicles Traders Register and Motor Vehicles Disputes Tribunal fee/levy review

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Justice are seeking your opinion on some proposed changes that will affect motor vehicle traders. The proposal involves:

  • changes to the fees for motor vehicle trader registration, and
  • changes to the funding of the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal and the associated levy.

The Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal levy is added to the registration fee for motor vehicle trader registration.

The proposed increase to fees and/or levies is necessary to:

  • better ensure that traders are paying fully for the costs of services given the benefits they receive from a well-regulated environment, and
  • sustainably fund the services that are being provided.

Consultation is open from 17 January 2022 and will close at 5pm on 25 February 2022.

For more information, including the proposal document and how to make a submission, please see:

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/have-your-say/reviews-of-motor-vehicle-traders-fees-and-motor-vehicle-disputes-tribunal-levy(external link)