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Council applauds crackdown on illegal street racer

Council applauds crackdown on illegal street racers

Chairperson of Auckland City’s Law and Order Committee, Councillor Noelene Raffills, is delighted parliament has passed legislation which gives police the power to impound illegal street racers’ vehicles for 28 days.

“Boy racers don’t pay fines, but knowing their cars can be impounded will see them take notice. Illegal street racing has been damaging lives and costing councils too much for too long. Police can now get on with the job of cracking down on the roadside and hitting offenders where it hurts.”

An overwhelming majority of MPs last night passed the Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Amendment Bill - a private member’s bill championed by Clayton Cosgrove MP.

The MP for Waimakariri last year presented his bill to the council’s Law and Order Committee. The committee fully supported the move to combat illegal street racing.

“As a committee we put recommendations and submissions to parliament to help push the bill through to select committee stage. Mayor John Banks also recommended to the Mayoral Forum that it endorse the bill.”

“Our push and the work of many others will result in safer streets. Auckland City has worked hard in the past 18 months to successfully eliminate a lot of the problems around boy racers. New additional powers for police further strengthen the city’s zero tolerance attitude,” said Mrs Raffills.

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