Dean compliments rental industry's decision

Waitaki news
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean yesterday complimented the country's rental vehicle industry's move  to establish a Code of Best Practice to educate visiting drivers.

The industry's decision followed  a meeting by 25 rental vehicle companies in Auckland on Monday to discuss national concerns over the safety of visiting drivers.  At the meeting the companies unanimously agreed to develop the Code as a matter of urgency.

“Their decision has to be complimented.  Anything done to improve total road safety is worthy of merit, "Mrs Dean said.

The rental vehicle code will likely include: Increased screening of driver experience, more pre-arrival information about New Zealand driving conditions and more information sharing between rental operators.

"The decision also shows the good will being displayed by all parties associated with road usage in all its forms.  It's time to stop finger pointing as recent statistics has shown that no particular tourist group is at fault.  

"We Kiwis could also do our bit by demonstrating we're better mannered and more forgiving in our driving than some would have us believe. Any initiative that helps ensure visiting drivers have the necessary tools and information for a safe and enjoyable driving experience must be welcomed.

"The rental industry's decision builds on initiatives already underway, including the multi-agency Visiting Drivers Signature Project and the safety measures recently announced for the West Coast, Otago and Southland," Mrs Dean said.