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Stiffer penalties for fleeing drivers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/09/2016

Drivers who flee from the police could have their vehicles permanently confiscated under a bill that has passed its first reading in parliament.

The Land Transport Amendment Bill also increases the disqualification period for the offence to up to two years.

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said fleeing drivers frequently caused accidents involving serious injury or death.

"The disqualification penalties for failing to stop will scale up, based on whether it is the driver's first, second, third or subsequent offence of this kind," he said.

"The bill also proposed strengthening the powers of the courts to permanently confiscate vehicles involved in fleeing driver incidents."

The bill passed its first reading unanimously, although Labour said the measures in it would be a waste of time if there weren't enough police on the roads to enforce them.

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