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

 


More Police Needed To Enforce New WOF Scheme

Denis O’Rourke MP
Spokesperson for Transport
30 January 2013

More Police Needed To Enforce New WOF Scheme

New Zealand First says the Government’s change to an annual vehicle warrant of fitness system must be viewed with caution.

Transport spokesperson Denis O’Rourke says a dangerous situation may occur when annual inspections are instigated for vehicles which are three years old and registered on or after 1 January 2001.

“The Government’s claim that extra Police enforcement will be enough to maintain and improve road safety under the new WOF scheme is laughable.

“The number of police was increased when New Zealand First was part of the 2005-2008 coalition Government but that increase has not been maintained by National.

“If the Government is serious about road safety then the first thing it must do is to get more police on the streets so the new system can be properly enforced without impacting negatively on other aspects of policing.”

Mr O’Rourke says mechanics say that even with the current six monthly checks, motorists ask whether essential vehicle safety components will last the distance.

“Hopefully making WOF checks an annual event will not lead to an increase in crashes resulting from defective vehicles. We will only know that once the new law comes into effect next year.

“But if the crash rate does increase then it will put to shame the Government’s policy that information and education programmes will be enough to convince motorists to keep their vehicles up to WOF standard,” says Mr O’Rourke.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news