20 Oct 2009

Bill to tackle illegal street racing passed

10:48 pm on 20 October 2009

The Land Transport Amendment Bill that tackles illegal street racing has passed its third reading in Parliament.

Transport Minister Steven Joyce says the new legislation will send a clear message that New Zealanders will not tolerate dangerous and disruptive behaviour on their roads.

The legislation, passed on Tuesday night, will introduce a number of measures for tackling illegal street racing and the anti-social use of vehicles.

These include giving road controlling authorities powers to prohibit "cruising", mandatory impoundment for vehicles involved in illegal street racing offences, and increasing police powers for dealing with illegally modified vehicles.

The Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Bill is planned to come into force on 1 December.

MPs began debating the Vehicle Confiscation and Seizure Bill under urgency on Tuesday night.

The House rose at 10pm and will resume on Wednesday morning.