Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

1000s of cyclists will unknowingly break law this weekend


As we approach another Labour Day holiday weekend, road safety will once again be in all our minds. As you drive around the country every day and as you will see over the Labour Day weekend, lots of decent Kiwi folks are unknowingly breaking the law. More importantly, they are putting their families at risk from a rear end shunt. As cycling becomes more and more popular, the problem can only increase.

This is a story of two Kiwi blokes doing their bit for road safety and cyclists. Murray Butcher and Alan McGee had a close call on the Desert Road when a family in a car in front of them hadn’t realised their lights were obscured by the bikes they were carrying. Murray and Alan were travelling at a safe distance, way behind the car, but any closer and it could have been a serious accident.

In a typically Kiwi way, they set about fixing the problem of obscuring lights when families carry bikes at the backs of their cars. Murray Butcher, an engineer, designed a plug-in light panel for cars, which easily slots onto bike racks and meets NZTA requirements. Alan McGee, a retired university lecturer, investigated the laws related to carrying bikes and whether people knew them. He was surprised to find that 96% of people surveyed, who carry bikes on the back of their cars, didn’t know they were putting their families at risk of an accident and breaking the law.

“Our greatest wish is to drive around the country and see families who carry bikes, using our panel, protecting themselves against a rear end shunt, avoiding fines and demerit points and being fully aware of the law” says McGee.

To get the safety message out there

We have an educational website www.safelite.co.nz and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/safelitenewzealand/ Our Labour Weekend Road Cyclist Safety Campaign will run from now, through to the end of the police recording period after Labour Day. We have substantially reduced the price of our Safelite panel to help Kiwi families be safe, be seen and be legal over the Labour weekend.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Overseas Investment Rules: New National Interest Test

Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and other critical infrastructure are not assessed through a national interest lens.

“We are introducing a number of new powers, consistent with global best practice, to protect New Zealanders’ best interests in such important – often monopoly – assets,” David Parker said.

Responding to concerns about overseas investment in water bottling, the Government will also require consideration of the impact on water quality and sustainability of a water bottling enterprise, when assessing an investment in sensitive land. More>>

 

Matter Of Trust: Peters Says NZ First Loans Legal

"Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years." More>>

ALSO:

PGF CONFLICT OF INTEREST:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Age Problem, And The Port Hills

Labour has been steadily improving its gender balance to the point where there are now 21 women in its caucus out of 46 MPs in all... Yet Labour has been just as steadily losing the generational battle to the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Child Deaths Revealed: NZDF Deal To Clear Afghan Firing Ranges

The Defence Force has agreed a deal to clear unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan after revelations seven children were killed by unexploded devices left there. More>>

ALSO:

Charles & Camilla: Visit Takes Royals From Waitangi To Christchurch

Domestic violence services, conservation and education are all on the list for the royal tour. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend a week travelling the country from Waitangi to Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Farming Sector’s Persecution Complex

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes ... More>>

ALSO:

corrections, prisonCorrections: Independent Review Of Prisoner Mail Management

The independent review into the prisoner mail system has today been released, with Corrections accepting all 13 recommendations and making a number of changes to strengthen the management of prisoner mail. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Unlawful Detention Of Teenager; Influence Of Investigation

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that former Inspector Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained an Auckland teenager in 2015, and improperly influenced the outcome of a criminal investigation into his own son in 2014. More>>

ALSO:

SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels