The New Zealand Herald

What changed

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The road toll has increased in the past three years and the various government agencies have blamed it on speeding, driver inattentio­n and poor road design. But about three years ago the last Government changed two things. One was the load trucks were allowed to carry up to 53 tonnes.

Since then I have noticed every day the number of trucks involved in accidents, many fatal. These are not always the fault of the truck operator but the harsh truth is a heavier object takes longer to stop and when it impacts the damage is greater.

The other issue is the warrant of fitness on vehicles was extended to one year and I see a report that bald tires are now being reported as a cause of accidents.

Perhaps a good investigat­ive journalist should review this and ask the Transport Minister who was responsibl­e for these changes. Murray Cooper, Tauranga.

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