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Inquiry Needed Into Car Safety Regulations

ACT leader Richard Prebble has called for a select committee inquiry into regulations covering the importation of cars into New Zealand.

Mr Prebble has written to the chairman of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee, Harry Duynhoven, seeking an urgent inquiry with submissions from the motor vehicle industry, the LTSA and the public.

"It's my understanding that New Zealand, which manufacturers no cars now, has imposed the toughest safety regulations in the world. This seems absurd," Mr Prebble said.

"In other countries where safety regulations are applied on imported cars, they are really an artificial tariff to protect the local manufacturing industry. New Zealand has no local manufacturing, so why the red tape?

"The latest regulations on frontal impact standards are ridiculous. Put bluntly, if pre-1994 cars are unsafe, then why are they not subject to a manufacturer's withdrawal?

"The new regulations will increase car costs for ordinary working people. The cost of an average new imported car could rise by as much as $4000. It will cost jobs. It may not save lives," Mr Prebble said.


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