From NZ Herald – Ex top cop hits out at change to WoF rules
A former top police officer says the road toll will climb within a few years because of “narrow-minded” changes to the warrant of fitness regime.
Mr Kearns, who stepped down in 2010 ending a 28-year career as a traffic cop, said it was naive to compare New Zealand and other countries’ warranting systems when implementing the changes as most other countries had far superior driving behaviour records and very few accepted secondhand Japanese import cars.
“New Zealanders aren’t very well-behaved on the roads and, personally, I see the road toll will increase because of this,” he said.
“They might save $159 million but each road death has a social cost of about $3 million per person so they will start to whittle that saving down quickly with any extra road deaths that may occur.”
If increasing the period between Warrants will increase deaths and costs then would decreasing the period reduce deaths and costs? If so, why not have monthly WoF?
Obviously there has to be a balance, and that’s what politicians do, they balance up pros and cons and make decisions.
Mechanical defects are only a small factor in road deaths. Poor driving and alcohol cause many more deaths and cost much more.
Should we have six monthly warants of fitness to drive?
Should we breath test much more frequently?