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W.o.F “reforms” – coming to a crash in your suburb (Part Rua)

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Continued from: W.o.F “reforms” – coming to a crash in your suburb

On TV3 News tonight,

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… and this is what Simon Bridges wants to liberalise and change from six monthly Warrants of Fitness, to yearly?! Or spot-checks? Or at point-of-sale?!

See: Warrant of fitness changes considered

See: Private vehicle inspectors could stop cars to check warrants

Whether the police set up this exercise as some kind of “propaganda event” is immaterial.

The point here is that in one night, they found 25 cars that were unroadworthy. One had been lowered to such a degree that their rear tyres were scrapping against the metal body of the car. Double blowouts waiting to happen. (With two young children in the back seat to cap off the car owners’ exercise in stupidity. Candidates for the Darwin Awards, for sure.)

One hopes that Simon Bridges, or some other National Minister,  watched TV3 tonight and will squash any suggestion to liberalise the WoF on Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

How many other unsafe, unroadworthy cars are there, driving around on our roads?

I wouldn’t mind so much – except I happen to share those same roads with those rolling death traps.

An email sent to Mr Bridges,

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Date:  Sat,Saturday, 3 November 2012 9:48 PM
From: Frank Macskasy
Subject: Liberalising the Warrant of Fitness
To: Consumer Affairs Minister Simon Bridges “Simon.Bridges@parliament.govt.nz”
Cc: Campbell Live “campbelllive@tv3.co.nz”,
    TV3 News “wellington.news@tv3.co.nz”
Bcc:
Kia ora Mr Bridges,
I hope you watched TV3 news on Saturday evening (3 November).
TV3 presented a news story on a Police clamp-down on unsafe cars on our roads. In one night they wrote of at least 25 vehicles that were in an unsafe and unroadworthy condition. 
One vehicle had been lowered to such a degree that their rear tyres were scrapping against the metal body of the car. Double blowouts waiting to happen. (With two young children in the back seat to cap off the car owners’ exercise in stupidity.)
It is plain to see that there are too many people  who think nothing of driving unsafe cars on our roads. A six monthly WoF check picks up some of these foolish people.
One can only image the number of rolling deathtraps that will be on our roads should the WoF go from 6 to 12 months, or even longer still.
Your suggestion to liberalise the WoF system is badly misguided, and judging by tonights TV3 news story, will result in more deaths on our roads.
I ask that you cease your agenda on this issue and focus your attention elsewhere to facilitate safer roads. Otherwise your little experiment in de-regulation will cost lives.
Regards,
-Frank Macskasy
Blogger

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Let’s hope that common sense prevails. It’s not that difficult.

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  1. Theodore
    4 November 2012 at 10:14 am

    i think we should try it for a couple of years and see how liberalisation goes Frank. If the road toll goes up, we’ll know it is a failure. If there’s no change, we’ll have saved ourselves a truckload of cash.

    • Priss
      4 November 2012 at 11:40 am

      Theodore, you maybe want to re-think your comment above?

      ” If the road toll goes up, we’ll know it is a failure. ”

      You want to base a decision to retain/change of WOF system on a body count?

  2. 7 November 2012 at 4:08 pm

    What’s the sexual orientation of that boat-car John?

    • 7 November 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Heh heh heh… I hadn’t even noticed that, Odee… :-D

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