Vigilante Roadside Inspections

The Government in its vast wisdom thinks that changing the way we govern vehicle safety will be beneficial to all. At least that is what they would have us believe.

I have no doubt that they actually think they can make more money with the proposed vigilante WOF system. First of all, they won’t have to monitor vehicle warrants any more. That will save a lot of bandwidth and a few staff members.  Then they will be able to auction off the rights to roadside vehicle inspections – that would be worth many millions of dollars.  Just think how many vehicles you see with a light not working, or a tyre that is borderline, never mind the many less obvious faults that a car fails a warrant with.

Removing the regular inspection checks and leaving it in the hands of roadside mercenaries would be a license to print money.  Not to mention dealing with the kind of people that would gravitate to a job like this – think vehicle clamping companies, and how often FairGo featured them. Imagine them on performance related pay, like police who “don’t have minimum traffic infringement requirements.”stop sign

No longer will you be able to schedule a warrant check at a convenient time. Now you will be pulled over at random and subjected to a test and the time involved in conducting that test.  Never mind you should be late for work, or on your way to your mother’s funeral, your daughter’s wedding, or other important engagement. If you are flagged by the roadside vigilantes you will be required by law to pull over, just as truck drivers are already targeted by road side inspection teams.

If our Government is going to sell this as a beneficial idea then they will have to come with a better idea than private companies impeding the travel of every day New Zealanders for personal gain.