Whole of Vehicle Marking Notice 2008

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					Whole of Vehicle Marking Notice 2008


Pursuant to clause 11.7 of Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 (the Rule), I
………………………………………………………, hereby make the following notice.

Notice
1. This notice may be cited as the Whole of Vehicle Marking Notice 2008 and shall come into force
on the …… day of …….. 2008.

2. From …………….. 2008 every light passenger vehicle (excluding motorcycles) of Classes MA, MB,
and MC that is less than 15 years old from date of manufacture, must have multiple copies of the
vehicle identification number (VIN) attached to it before it can be certified for entry and use on
road in New Zealand.

3. Multiple copies of the VIN may be attached as microdots post manufacture of the vehicle.
Attachment must be done by appointed applicators (namely entry certifiers) appointed under
clause 2.2(1)(o) of the Rule and the microdots must be attached in the places and manner
specified in Schedule 1.



Schedule 1
Specification for microdot vehicle security system

1. Administrative Requirements

1.1   Acceptance of system

Microdot suppliers (namely suppliers of multiple copies of the VIN as ‘VIN identifiers’ in the form of
microscopic dots to be attached to the vehicle) must satisfy the Director that the administrative,
supply and application arrangements meet the requirements in the following clauses 1.2, 1.3 & 1.4.

1.2 Security of Supply Chain

Security of the supply chain must be strictly controlled to prevent unauthorized access to microdot
stock. The Director of Land Transport or his appointed delegate will negotiate agreed procedures
with all parties in the supply chain to ensure a level of security commensurate with the assessed
risk involved.

1.3 General Security

Microdot suppliers must have effective security arrangements in place and ensure VIN identifier
supply is only to orders from appointed applicators.

The appointed applicators must have systems in place to ensure:

(a) supplies of VIN identifiers are secure and cannot be tampered with or partially removed before
use; and

(b) surplus /residual VIN identifiers are disposed of in a manner that ensures they are not available
for use on other vehicles; and

(c) any missing stock of unused VIN identifiers is recorded and follow-up action taken.

1.4   Administration and Control Processes

The appointed applicators shall have systems in place to ensure:



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(a) the VIN identifiers are placed on the correct vehicle; and

(b) the identity of treated vehicles is recorded; and

(c) cross contamination of VIN identifiers between vehicle applications is avoided.

2. Physical Characteristics

2.1 Acceptance of System

Documented evidence must be provided from Vipac Engineers and Scientists, Port Melbourne, Vic,
Australia or other independent testing authority acceptable to the Director of Land Transport,
certifying that the product meets all the requirements in the following clauses 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.

2.2 Components Used

(a) Microdots.

        (i) Microdots must be made of an inert, durable material, scientifically certified to have no
adverse reaction with any part of the vehicle to which it may be applied.

        (ii) A microdot must be between 0.5 mm and 1 mm in width and able to be easily located
once it has been applied to the vehicle and covered with the adhesive/coating.

        (iii) The microdot material and the data stored on it must meet the requirements of the
Accelerated Ageing and Removal Tests in Appendix A.

        (iv) The identification data stored on the microdot must link it directly to the VIN of the
vehicle without the need to obtain additional data. The data on the identifier must include the
whole VIN. The microdot must also have plain text data that identifies the microdot supplier.

(b) Adhesive/Coating Material

The adhesive/coating material shall readily coat the identifiers and adhere them to the various
surfaces of the vehicle on which the system is to be applied in such a manner that ensures the
Accelerated Ageing and Removal Tests specified in Appendix A are met.

The adhesive/coating material must allow the easy detection and selective removal of individual
identifiers (but not the en-mass removal of identifiers) and the cleaning of the identifier if needed
to retrieve the identifier data.

The adhesive/coating material must incorporate a UV trace element that enables its presence to be
detected using a UV light source (black light).

2.3 Authenticity

(a) Either the microdot or the adhesive/coating material must incorporate a proprietary exclusive
feature that enables the microdot supplier to scientifically or otherwise conclusively authenticate
the supplier’s microdot and/or adhesive from any other product or any attempt to counterfeit the
supplier’s product.

(b) The authenticity feature must be demonstrated to have a high degree of counterfeit resistance.

2.4 Application of Components

(a) Application System. The application system must enable the microdots to be distributed over
the whole surface being treated and allow the application of the microdots to locations that cannot
be physically reached without dismantling of components.

The application system must incorporate features that prevent cross contamination of microdots
between applications to different vehicles.



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The number of microdots applied to a vehicle must be of the order of 7000 (seven thousand), and
these must be evenly distributed over the vehicle components treated.

(b) In-field Readability. The identification data stored on the microdot must be able to be read in
the field using a low powered microscope device.

(c) Cleanliness of Surfaces. The surfaces to be treated must be clean, dry, and in sound condition,
free of loose material, oil and grease.

(d) Vehicle Application Points. The following areas of a vehicle must have microdots applied:

        (i) Compliance plate/label

        (ii) Inside bonnet reinforcing ribs (where accessible)

        (iii) Inside boot reinforcing ribs (where applicable and accessible)

        (iv) Inside front and rear bumper assemblies.

        (v) Front and rear suspension components.

        (vi) Wheel bearing housings.

        (vii) Engine block, bell housing, gearbox.

        (viii) Rear axle and differential housing (where applicable)

        (ix) Parts of the floor pan and structural/reinforcing members.

        (x) Inside openings in body structural members (where accessible).

        (xi) Part of the underside of the body.

        (xii) Exhaust system brackets.

        (xiii) Rear of brake calipers.

        (xiv) Inside wheels.

        (xv) Rear of headlights.



Other areas of a vehicle may have microdots applied.



Appendix A – Accelerated Ageing and Removal Tests
A1      Preparation of Test Specimens

Test Specimens shall consist of steel plates approximately 1mm thick and 300mm square.

Test Specimen (Type 1): shall be clean dry bare metal with at least one side free of loose material,
oil, or grease.

Test Specimen (Type 2): shall be coated on at least one side with an automotive sound deadening
material and prepared, finished and allowed to cure to approximately replicate a typical automotive
underbody surface.

Test Specimen (Type 3): shall be painted on at least one side and prepared, finished and allowed
to cure to approximately replicate a typical automotive cosmetic surface such as the underside of a
bonnet or boot lid.

Note: The side of the Test Specimen that meets the criteria above is referred to as the “prepared
side” in the remainder of this appendix.


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Sufficient Test Specimens of each type shall be prepared to enable a new Test Specimen to be used
for each Accelerated Ageing Treatment and subsequent Removal Test. A minimum of six Test
Specimens of each type will be required.

A2      Testing Environment

Unless otherwise specified, after the preparation of the Test Specimens, all further processing and
testing shall be carried out in a controlled atmosphere of 23 + 2degC, and at 50% + 5% relative
humidity.

A3      Application of Microdot System

Each Test Specimen shall have the microdot identification system applied to the whole area of the
prepared side in a manner such that it replicates the application of the system to a vehicle. This
application need not be carried out in the Testing Environment but after application and drying of
the adhesive/coating material each treated Test Specimen shall be conditioned by placing it in a
controlled atmosphere of 23 + 2degC, and at 50% + 5% relative humidity for not less than 24
hours. During this time the treated prepared side shall be fully exposed.

Prior to the Accelerated Ageing Treatments below each Test Specimen shall be examined under
ultraviolet light to ensure that the whole surface of the treated prepared side has been covered
with the microdot identification system as indicated by the response of the UV tracer in the
adhesive/coating material. Any Test Specimen with less than 90% coverage shall be discarded and
a replacement Test Specimen prepared.

A4      Accelerated Ageing Treatments

(a) High Air Temperature. Two of each Test Specimen Type1, 2 & 3 shall be placed into an air
circulating oven preheated to 110 + 1degC and maintained at this oven temperature for a period of
168 hours. The treated prepared side shall be fully exposed during this period. The Test
Specimens shall then be removed and allowed to return to the Test Environment conditions.

(b) High Humidity. Two of each Test Specimen Type 1, 2 & 3 shall be placed in a humidity cabinet
at 38 + 1degC with a relative humidity of 97 to 100% and a condensation rate of 1 to 2
millilitres/hour and maintained in this environment for 168 hours. The treated prepared side shall
be fully exposed during this period. The Test Specimens shall then be removed and allowed to
return to the Test Environment conditions.

(c) Low Air Temperature. Two of each Test Specimen Type 1, 2 & 3 shall be placed in a freezer at
minus 30 + 2degC for 4 hours. The treated prepared side shall be fully exposed during this period.
The Test Specimens shall then be removed and allowed to return to the Test Environment
conditions.

A5      Removal Tests

(a) High Pressure Cold Water/Detergent Cleaner Test. This test consists of cleaning one of each
Test Specimen Type 1, 2 & 3 that has been subjected to each of the Accelerated Ageing
Treatments, A4(a) High Air Temperature, A4(b) High Humidity and A4(c) Low Air Temperature (i.e.
9 test specimens in all) using a high pressure cold water cleaner with a detergent injection.

The Test Specimen shall be placed on a flat horizontal surface and the treated prepared side
subjected to a high pressure cold water jet with a detergent injection. The minimum outlet
pressure of the water jet shall be 110 bar (approximately 1600 psi). The outlet nozzle shall be
placed approximately 100mm from the test specimen surface and moved slowly back and forth
across the whole test specimen surface for a period of at least 5 minutes such that all areas get
approximately the same exposure to the water/detergent jet. The detergent injection used shall be



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a commercially available degreasing detergent produced for use in high pressure cold water
cleaners and injected at the rate recommended by the detergent or high pressure cold water
cleaner manufacturer.

Each Test Specimen shall be allowed to dry and then examined under an ultraviolet light. The area
still covered with the microdot identification system as indicated by the response of the UV tracer
in the adhesive/coating material shall be assessed visually.

Ten identifiers shall be removed from each Test Specimen and the information on each identifier
read using the appropriate equipment for the system.

The High Pressure Cold Water/Detergent Cleaner Test will be deemed to have been passed if at
least 75% of the total surface area of the treated prepared side of each Test Specimen is covered
with the adhesive/coating (irrespective of the original area covered – see the second paragraph of
section A3) and the data on nine out of the ten removed identifiers from each Test Specimen can
be read completely and correctly.

(b) High Pressure Hot Water Cleaner Test. This test consists of cleaning one of each Test
Specimen Type 1, 2 & 3 that has been subjected to each of the Accelerated Ageing Treatments,
A4(a) High Air Temperature, A4(b) High Humidity and A4(c) Low Air Temperature (i.e. 9 test
specimens in all) using a high pressure hot water cleaner (sometimes referred to as a steam
cleaner).

The Test Specimen shall be placed on a flat horizontal surface and the treated prepared side
subjected to a high pressure hot water jet with a minimum outlet water pressure of 110 bar
(approximately 1600 psi) and a minimum outlet water temperature of 85degC. The outlet nozzle
shall be placed approximately 100mm from the test specimen surface and moved slowly back and
forth across the whole test specimen surface for a period of at least 5 minutes such that all areas
get approximately the same exposure to the hot water jet.

Each Test Specimen shall be allowed to dry and then examined under an ultraviolet light. The area
still covered with the microdot identification system as indicated by the response of the UV tracer
in the adhesive/coating material shall be assessed visually.

Ten identifiers shall be removed from each test specimen and the information on each identifier
read using the appropriate equipment for the system.

The High Pressure Hot Water Cleaner Test will be deemed to have been passed if at least 75% of
the total surface area of the treated prepared side of each Test Specimen is covered with the
adhesive/coating (irrespective of the original area covered – see the second paragraph of section
A3) and the data on nine out of the ten removed identifiers from each Test Specimen can be read
completely and correctly.



Signed at Wellington this ……… day of    …………………

……………………………………………………………………………………

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Explanatory Note

1. The 2005 Vehicle Standards Compliance Amendment Rule facilitates the Whole of Vehicle
Marking (WOVM) aspect of the Government’s Vehicle Crime Reduction Programme launched in
January 2005. The Rule enables the Director of Land Transport to require vehicles less than 15
years old, which are imported after the WOVM regime comes into effect, to have multiple copies of



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their vehicle identification number (VIN) attached to them at border inspection or when they are
inspected prior to registration.

2. If it is proposed that the multiple copies of the VIN are to be in a form other than microdots,
application must be made to the Director of Land Transport or his appointed delegate for
recognition of the system to be used. Approval would require a separate gazette notice.

3. Multiple copies of the VIN complying with the technical requirements in this Notice and applied
at vehicle manufacture in New Zealand or overseas, or post vehicle manufacture overseas are
acceptable, but multiple copies of the VIN not complying with the technical requirements in this
Notice, from these sources, must apply to the Director of Land Transport or his appointed delegate
for recognition of the proposed system. Approval would require a separate gazette notice.

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