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:

Salvation Army On Homelessness: Hard Times In West Auckland

The report details an uncomfortable story of people whose only option is to live an unhealthy, dangerous and damaging street life... The social housing needed by these people is not currently available in sufficient quantity. More social housing is required in the West. More>>

ALSO:

Message For PM: NZ Supports Te Reo Māori – You Should Too

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More>>

ALSO:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news