Parliament

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

 

Don't enforce bus, taxi law until mess sorted out

19 January 2006

Hold off enforcing new bus & taxi law until mess sorted out

Land Transport New Zealand should hold off enforcing the sex offender section of the new passenger license law until the needed amendments are in place in a month or so, Green Party Associate Transport Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

Transport Safety Minister Harry Dunyhoven said today that he is working with other parties to fast-track law changes that would allow the Land Transport Director some discretion on passenger endorsements held by former sex offenders. Cases have come to light of drivers committing relatively minor carnal knowledge offences decades ago, and now unfairly losing their careers.

"It now seems certain that Mr Dunyhoven will have no trouble passing the necessary amendments when Parliament sits in mid-February. He will certainly have Green Party support," Mr Locke says.

"Given the impact of the loss of these licenses on both drivers and their employers' businesses, I think it would be appropriate for Land Transport to hold off enforcing the new regime. He can do this by leaving in place licenses held by former sex offenders that were cancelled on 16 January, until the legal fine-tuning is completed next month.

"Why should these drivers have their livelihood disrupted because Parliament stuffed up?

"It is true that such a transitional provision would cover a wider group of former offenders than those likely to qualify for exemptions under the planned amendments, but those more serious offenders will probably have seen the writing on the wall and already be looking for a new line of work. The risk to the public from such an interim measure will be minimal," Mr Locke says.

The Greens supported the Land Transport Amendment Bill last year because of the wide range of needed administrative measures it contained. However then Green MP Mike Ward put forward a minority report at the Select Committee warning of the potential injustice that has now come to pass. At the time, the Greens were criticised for being too lenient on former sex offenders for their stand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election