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Boy Racers Law Needs To Be As Tough As Possible

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Boy Racers Law Needs To Be As Tough As Possible

Labour law and order spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says he is concerned that the Vehicle Confiscation and Seizure Bill does not go far enough to toughen up existing legislation on boy racers.

"Labour has always been prepared to work with the Government on making boy racers legislation as effective as it possibly can be," Clayton Cosgrove said.

"But this Bill seems to be more about the author's image than it is on measures that will actually work. "The legislation that I took through Parliament allowed a judge to confiscate a vehicle on a first offence and made it mandatory for judges to confiscate vehicles on the second offence within four years.

Unfortunately, that rarely happened. For some reason, courts were hesitant to enforce this provision. "Labour is pleased this new Bill closes one loophole --- so that it is possible to confiscate a vehicle in a third party's name --- but we cannot see why the legislation needs a third offence provision," Clayton Cosgrove said.

"It seems to me that the Bill has got its focus wrong. Instead of being fixated on crushing maybe --- just maybe --- up to 10 vehicles a year, as Police Minister Judith Collins has admitted, the Bill should have focused on ensuring courts interpret the confiscation clause the way it is intended to be interpreted.

"We do not believe that giving judges the discretion to crush and/or confiscate a car on a third offence, when that car should have already been confiscated on a second offence anyway, will help combat the boy racer problem."

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