6 Apr 2009

Boy racer bill has car-crushing option

9:07 pm on 6 April 2009

Legislation to give the police increased powers to deal with so-called 'boy racers' is expected to be introduced into Parliament this week.

The issue hit the headlines again in January when a police sergeant in Christchurch was attacked by a group of about 300 people.

At the time the Government signalled it would change the law, and would consider cease-and-desist orders and ways to make it easier to confiscate driver licences in particular.

Police Minister Judith Collins suggested that the cars of repeat offenders with unpaid fines should be crushed.

Prime Minister John Key says the new legislation allows for the destruction of cars, but only as a last resort.