7 Apr 2008

Opponent of Cook Islands helmet law says repeal a victory for the people

7:25 pm on 7 April 2008

A campaigner against the Cook Islands government's controversial transport law, says its repeal is a victory for the people.

Cabinet will recall parliament early to repeal the Transport Act of 2007 which would have made it compulsory for all motorcyclists to wear a safety approved helmet at all times on the road from April the 12th.

Nga Puna, from the "No to compulsory helmets" lobby group, which organised a petition, spoke to Cabinet against the amendment.

He says he pointed out that there hadn't been enough consultation, and tabled the petition, which has received more 3-thousand signatures.

"There's a whole lot of people that keep talking about this, I just happened to be the person that maybe had the courage to step forward and say we should really do something about this. Because people we actually talking about it. Just a lot of hugs here and there, especially from the older people, they're the ones who are happy about this law because they are the ones that are not speeding."

Nga Puna.