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Stop Ambushing Transport Operators

Roger Sowry National Party MP

19 February 2004

Stop Ambushing Transport Operators

National Party MP Roger Sowry is calling on the Government to direct the police to stop ambushing transport operators trying to help in the clean-up operation from this week's weather crisis.

"It's simply incredible that in a time of crisis, the Government has not moved to relax the rules surrounding overweight trucks.

"Many of these transport operators are providing their services free of charge.

"What do they get for their generosity? A kick in the teeth from a Government that's more intent on revenue gathering than helping the community rebuild.

"Transport operators who've contacted the National Party say that it's not surprising their vehicles weigh a little more than usual.

"Many of the carcases are sodden, and that adds extra kilos to the load. "Some cows haven't been milked in days and with fences down in many places, they've been grazing freely. That also adds extra weight to loads.

"The Labour Government needs to show some heart.

"In a time of crisis, surely the police would be better served helping the community - rather than ambushing truckies that are donating their time and energy.

"The Police Minister should issue a directive today, and relax the rules so the clean-up can be fast-tracked," says Mr Sowry.

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