Older un­safe cars tar­geted

Central Leader - - NEWS -

There must be some­thing about 1996.

Cars from that year are the most com­mon on New Zealand roads, high­light­ing Ki­wis’ re­luc­tance dump older cars.

The Mo­tor Trade As­so­ci­a­tion has thrown its weight be­hind the

to Govern­ment’s Safer Jour­neys pro­gramme.

Spokesman Ian Stronach says New Zealan­ders’ in­ge­nu­ity and abil­ity to make do with equip­ment that in other coun­tries would be re­garded as be­ing well past its use-by date means our roads are less safe. The real is­sues are around older, high mileage, poorly main­tained ve­hi­cles used as day to day trans­port. Th­ese cars pose a risk be­cause of their lack of safety fea­tures and of­ten high lev­els of ex­haust emis­sions, he says.

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