Government considering tariff hikes on less safe cars as road toll remains stubbornly high

A Stuff article.

The Government is considering new steps to force hundreds of thousands of less safe cars off New Zealand’s roads, including making it more expensive to bring them into the country.

Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is assessing a range of measures to wean the country of its reliance on a car with poor safety ratings, which are disproportionately implicated in deadly and injurious crashes.

These include placing large tariffs on the import of cars that have a safety rating of less than three stars and offering ex-rental vehicles to low income families driving old dungers.

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