Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Tougher safety belt requirements from today

Tougher safety belt requirements from today

Tougher safety requirements for replacement seatbelts come into force from today (1 April).

In most cases safety belts in front seats that fail Warrant of Fitness or Certificate of Fitness inspections will now have to be replaced with more modern webbing clamp safety belts.

Webbing clamp safety belts hold drivers and passengers more firmly in place in a crash with a mechanism which clamps onto the belt material to prevent slippage. The locking mechanism on older style retractor belts can allow some of the belt to slip in a crash, increasing the likelihood that vehicle occupants will be injured by a collision with the steering wheel or dashboard.

The new requirement is part of the Seatbelt and Seatbelt Anchorages Rule, approved by government last year.

Director of Land Transport Safety David Wright said the new requirement was a simple way of reducing the risk of serious injuries in crashes.

"Modern safety belts can make the difference between life and death in a crash. When technology like this exists and is widely available, we have to ensure that New Zealanders enjoy the benefits of it," Mr Wright said.
Safety belts are inspected as part of regular Warrant and Certificate of Fitness inspections, but damage can occur at anytime.


Webbing clamp belts two of two

Common problems with safety belts include fraying and cuts to the belt material, fading from prolonged exposure to sunlight, damaged buckles and belts which don't retract properly.

Any safety belt that has been worn in a serious crash should be replaced.

For more information on safety belts and the new requirements for replacement belts visit the LTSA website at http://www.ltsa.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need.

And I’m hedging with the ‘could well’ only because the Ardern government hasn’t yet spelled out whether the name change it has announced will also involve a rejection of the controversial use of Big Data to try and predict those children deemed to be at highest risk of inter-generational reliance on welfare support. More>>

 

Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>

ALSO:

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages