It’s sim­ply money-gath­er­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Paul Basham makes a strong case for why he is so keen to hand out traf­fic tick­ets, but I re­main un­con­vinced.

He claims his mo­ti­va­tion is to help lower the in­jury and death toll from road ac­ci­dents and that there is no sug­ges­tion of mon­ey­gath­er­ing.

Yet he de­fends po­lice cars on traf­fic pa­trol be­ing ob­scured or even hid­den so that they are more likely to be un­seen and there­fore catch driv­ers go­ing faster than the speed limit.

If the only mo­ti­va­tion was to slow down traf­fic, wouldn’t it be more ef­fec­tive if the pa­trol cars could be seen?

I sup­pose the most ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple of money-gath­er­ing is the flash, new speed cam­era in Ngau­ranga Gorge. For a small sec­tion of the gorge, the speed limit drops from 100kmh to 80kmh.

The per­ma­nent speed cam­era that mon­i­tors that area is al­ways among the busiest and most lu­cra­tive in the coun­try, nab­bing ‘‘speed­ing’’ driver after driver, even though they are by no means driv­ing dan­ger­ously.

Traf­fic au­thor­i­ties claim the speed limit drops be­cause the steep down­hill sweep of the gorge makes driv­ing at 100kmh dan­ger­ous.

Fair enough, but why does is the speed limit also 80kmh for cars go­ing up the gorge on the op­po­site side of the road?

There is noth­ing dan­ger­ous about driv­ing at 90kmh up the gorge, yet the new speed cam­era is now catch­ing driv­ers trans­gress­ing go­ing up as well and slap­ping each of them with an $80 fine. Sorry, Mr Basham. It’s money-mak­ing, pure and sim­ple, no mat­ter how you try to spin it.

My sym­pa­thy goes out to the ratepay­ers of Auck­land.

On another mat­ter, I don’t feel that re­cy­cling should be a mon­ey­mak­ing ven­ture.

The city coun­cil should en­cour­age peo­ple to bring in their re­cy­cling and ei­ther give them a small pay­ment for do­ing so, or at least not charge them.

I was very im­pressed with a lit­tle pro­bi­otics bot­tle sold in Aus­tralian su­per­mar­kets, for which re­cy­clers get 10 cents for each one re­turned.

This bot­tle is also sold in New Zealand.

A sim­i­lar re­cy­cling scheme would be a good idea in this coun­try.

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