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Need For Frontal Impact Inquiry

Minister's Comments Reinforce Need For Frontal Impact Inquiry

The Minister of Transport's admission that frontal impact standards will increase car prices by $4000 reinforces the need for an urgent parliamentary inquiry into the poorly-planned rule, ACT Transport Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today.

This morning Mrs Webster wrote to Doug Kidd, chairman of the Regulation Review Select Committee, calling for an inquiry. The new rule means that most vehicles manufactured before 1996 will no longer be able to be imported.

"After admitting that prices will rise by up to $4000, Mr Gosche said today that he received `contrasting' advice on the new regulations," Mrs Webster said.

"I would think the advice was blatantly clear. The Ministry of Transport, the Land Transport Safety Authority and Treasury all advised him that these regulations would push up car prices, hit low-income families the hardest, and reduce safety by keeping old cars on the roads for longer.

"For rural folk and low-income New Zealanders, a car is a necessity, not a luxury. This new regulation will push cars out of reach for many families.

"The Minister of Transport is ignoring his own department's advice that these expensive rules may not increase safety one iota.

"Mr Gosche's poorly thought-out rule lacks common sense. An urgent Parliamentary inquiry is necessary," Mrs Webster said.


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