Testing station on the move

By Christine Linnell

The Greymouth VTNZ vehicle testing station will vacate its Gresson Street premises by the end of the week due to an 18% earthquake score from an initial engineering assessment.
Manager Bruce McNeish said the business had to be out by May 31.
“The board said for the safety of the staff, we need to move.”
Vehicle testing for cars will be shifted to the Greymouth Mobil service station in High Street, while trucks will go to Cable Price, in Preston Road.
They had been preparing for the move for at least six weeks and were on track to make the deadline.
Grey District Council building control officer Phil Beck said the council received the initial assessment on November 8.
“Under our policy, we have not issued an earthquake prone building notice because we requested a detailed engineering assessment first. If they are choosing to move out at the moment, that is of their own volition.”
According to the council buildings register the property was built in 1969.