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CITA General Assembly in Zagreb

World Association of Vehicle Inspectors Elects DEKRA Manager to the Board

World Association of Vehicle Inspectors Elects DEKRA Manager to the Board

Mike Walsh

  • Mike Walsh is now a member of the “Bureau Permanent”
  • CEO of DEKRA subsidiary VTNZ in New Zealand
  • Periodical technical inspection contributes significantly to road safety


DEKRA manager Mike Walsh is a new board member in the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA). The General Assembly in Croatia’s capital Zagreb elected the 58-year-old to the “Bureau Permanent” of the organization. He has been CEO of DEKRA subsidiary VTNZ (Vehicle Testing New Zealand) since 2004.

CITA (Comité International de l’Inspection Technique Automobile), is a non-governmental organization based in Brussels representing vehicle inspection companies and government authorities involved with vehicle safety and roadworthiness standards. CITA was established in the late 1980s and has observer status with the United Nations.

“I firmly believe that periodic technical inspection contributes significantly to road safety for all road users”, says Mike Walsh. Consequently, it is important that all parties work collaboratively together to ensure that high inspection standards are upheld and safety benefits are understood and valued by national governments and regulatory bodies.”

The development of vehicle technology in terms of automated driving and driver assistance systems sets major challenges for vehicle inspection, says Walsh. “CITA has an important role to ensure that inspection standards and techniques are appropriate for vehicle technologies today and in the future.”

DEKRA holds 60% of VTNZ shares. The company runs 90 locations in New Zealand employing 1000 staff. The DEKRA group is the world’s number one in vehicle inspections by a large margin, carrying out around 26 million inspections a year around the globe.


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