Transport

Irresponsible rental companies should share responsibility for tourist accidents

The government should apply tough new standards to vehicle rentals, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, was commenting after the latest serious head-on collision involving a tourist driver.

Motorbikes dominate 2018 road toll

The rising number of motorbike deaths and injuries in New Zealand has prompted a call for urgent action.

Clive Matthew Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, says:

“There have been 13 serious accidents involving motorcyclists since the beginning of the year. Motorbikes are killing around 50 people a year. “

Government must make tough decisions to lower road toll

The New Zealand government must give the police new powers to deal with motorists who won’t wear seatbelts and drivers who use cellphones, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

“The government is going to have to upset a lot of people if it wants to significantly reduce the growing road carnage.”

Better roads, less trucks, key to lowering road toll

Simple changes to our roads could more than halve the road toll, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

“The single most urgent task is to upgrade our Third World roading system. Roundabouts at intersections, rumble strips, roadside fencing and median barriers alone could more than halve our road toll.”

Lights on to survive Christmas

Cars with their lights on during the day are up to 25% less likely to end up in a fatal daytime collision, says the car review website  dogandlemon.com    

Dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson – who is an outspoken road safety campaigner – says:

“The science is absolutely clear: if other motorists can see you, they can avoid colliding with you.”

Government should encourage tourists to take it easy

The new New Zealand government should encourage overseas visitors to see the country by train or bus, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, was commenting after the second fatal head-on collision involving a tourist in three weeks.

Police pursuit policy belongs in another century, says safety campaigner

The police need to modify their policy on pursuits, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, was commenting after the second fatal police chase in Auckland in a fortnight.

 Two people died and two others were seriously injured in the latest incident.

Call for lower speed limit 'misguided', says safety campaigner

Lowering the speed limit will not reduce the road toll, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, was commenting after a call by a top policeman to lower the speed limit.

New Zealand roads ‘an accident waiting to happen’, says campaigner

Many fatalities could be prevented through simple changes in road design, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

“Many of New Zealand's roads are like a staircase without a handrail: you make a mistake, you're going to get hurt. Upgrading these deadly roads is the single most important step in lowering the road toll.”

Matthew-Wilson gave the example of the Auckland harbour bridge, which used to suffer one serious accident a week.

How was an offender with so many charges left unsupervised?

A road safety campaigner is ‘gobsmacked’ that a 15-year-old, who died after a police chase, was not being electronically monitored.

Morocco Tai, who died early on Monday when his stolen car lost control, was facing multiple charges from previous car chases, including unlawfully taking a vehicle, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, aggravated robbery and unlawfully getting into a vehicle.

In a previous chase he was a passenger in a car that was driven the wrong way up an Auckland motorway.

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