Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Bill To Crack Down On Hoons Wins Approval

Cosgrove Wins Approval From Labour Caucus For Bill To Crack Down On Hoons

Member of Parliament for Waimakariri, Clayton Cosgrove today had his Member’s Bill approved by the Labour Caucus. Mr Cosgrove’s Bill, the Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Amendment Bill, will now be lodged in the Parliamentary Process.

“I am very pleased that my colleagues have approved this Bill to be placed in the Members Ballot and I plan to take it on the road to brief communities in the areas of New Zealand where illegal drag racing on our roads is a major problem,” Mr Cosgrove said.

The Bill was inspired by successful New South Wales legislation to combat the problem of illegal street and drag racing on public roads. It will amend the Land Transport Act 1998 and will empower Police to impound a first offenders vehicle at the road side for 28 days. On conviction the Court may impose a fine of up to a maximum of $4,500 together with disqualifying the drivers licence for 6 months or more.

For a second or subsequent offence the Bill will empower the Police to again impound the offenders car at the road side, and on conviction the Court may confiscate and sell the offenders motor vehicle together with disqualifying the drivers licence for one year or more and imposing a fine of up to a maximum of $6,000.

“I am not against anyone having fun, but pouring diesel on New Zealand’s roads and burning it up is dangerous and irresponsible. I encourage people who enjoy this activity to join their local legitimate drag racing club where the activity is legal, safe and regulated, Mr Cosgrove said.

“Since announcing my intention to draft this Bill, communities around New Zealand have given me a clear message that they have had enough of people tearing up their public roads, causing major property damage and in some cases assaulting residents. The police need the power to crack down on these activities and this Bill will give them that power.”

The Bill has been endorsed by New Zealand’s top traffic officer, Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald.

Mr Cosgrove is travelling to Hamilton where there is a major problem with Hoons on Thursday 20 August at the invitation of the Mayor, Mr Russ Rimmington, to brief him and community leaders on the Bill. Mr Rimmington has pledged his support for the Bill.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election