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Still big holes in Harry's exhaust plan

Nicky Wagner
National Party MP

20 April 2006

Still big holes in Harry’s exhaust plan

National Party MP Nicky Wagner is pleased Labour is belatedly adopting her strategy for dealing with noisy exhausts, but says Harry Duynhoven’s still got some big holes to fill.

“An objective noise test carried out at warrant time was exactly what I was after with my Private Members Bill, but so far Mr Duynhoven isn’t telling us how loud is too loud.

“That’s the key issue here. Instead, Mr Duynhoven’s moving to impose a new regulation before telling us what the precise rules will be.

“Mr Duynhoven needs to say what the level will be. That will be the test of whether Labour’s plan will make any difference at all.

“The second big area that Labour is overlooking is outdated noise standards which haven’t been changed for 30 years. Unless you fix them, an objective noise test may still fail to adequately address the problem.

“I’m pleased Labour has taken a step towards the implementation of my Bill. But there’s clearly quite some road left to travel,” says Mrs Wagner.


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