It’s not easy being green, as one motorist found out, after a vehicle failed its Warrant of Fitness inspection on the spot – for being wrapped in artificial grass.

A photo posted to social media today by the New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi showed a vehicle at a VTNZ covered in the fake turf – with just the windshield, wheels, bumper, headlights, and side mirrors left bare.

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. A warrant of fitness inspection includes checking for corrosion and damage. Because of that, your vehicle’s body can’t be covered like this — so this is a fail,” NZTA said.

“It’s illegal to use a vehicle if it doesn’t meet WoF requirements.”

NZTA said vehicles with a vinyl wrap hiding signs of rust would be permissible as inspectors “can still determine any deformation from the original shape that has affected the vehicle’s structural integrity”.

The agency said this was “not possible” in the case of the artificial grass.

Waka Kotahi has been contacted by 1News for further comment.