Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Bill And Vehicle Confiscation and Seizure Bill - Submission

NZPA | Fri July 10th, 2009

The Police Association welcomes the introduction of the Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Bill and Vehicle Confiscation and Seizure Bill as an opportunity to address some of the major concerns associated with habitual irresponsible behaviour involving motor vehicles. The package addresses the ‘boy-racer’ problem by tweaking and revising a wide range of inter-related offence, penalty, and enforcement provisions.

Some of the measures explicitly acknowledge that fines have little or no effect on the behaviour of ‘boy racer’ offenders, and that license suspension (or the threat of it, through accruing demerit points) is a more effective sanction. However, overall there remains too much emphasis on monetary penalties, with effective sanctions (license suspension and vehicle impoundment) not contemplated until an offender has already amassed a significant number of prior offences. If our objective is safer roads, we ought to utilise the sanctions that are most likely to immediately halt offending, and deter and modify unsafe behaviour at the earliest opportunity- not on a second, third, or subsequent occasion. 

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