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Gillard Asks Key to Honour Promises

23 November 2011

Gillard Asks Key to Honour Promises

National’s leader has yet to explain to voters why his party has failed to meet two election promises relating to boy racers and noisy exhausts.

Nationwide lobby group Noise Off says John Key and Nick Smith promised New Zealanders new legislation to end years of deafening noise in main streets and neighbourhoods all over the country.

Spokesman Jonathan Gillard says the broken pledges were made at the 2005 and 2008 elections as part of National Party environmental policy. But the Key government has failed to honour them.

“Boy racers and loud exhausts are an international embarrassment for New Zealand.”

“The deafening noise from modified cars is unwelcome and intimidating for thousands of homes, businesses and communities all over New Zealand.

“John Key and Nick Smith promised sensible changes to the legislation governing exhaust noise but they have failed to deliver. We ask John Key to commit at the 2011 election to honour these promises.”

Broken Promise #1

“National will toughen the requirement to ensure any modified exhaust system is at least as effective as the cars original. Modifying a car to make it noisier will be illegal.” Policy Statement. Nick Smith, 9 September 2005.

Broken Promise #2

“National will provide Kiwis with good signals about the cars that are best for the environment…ensuring our…..noise standards for new vehicles keep up with international standards and practices. And by introducing more sophisticated….noise testing for existing vehicles” Environmental Policy Launch. Rt Hon John Key, 06 September 2008.


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