The New Zealand Herald
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.