Police confiscate Chinese tourist’s rental car after several complaints about the woman’s speed and quality of her driving

  • New Zealand Police confiscated a Chinese tourist’s rental car
  • After receiving numerous complaints police caught the woman speeding
  • This is just one of a spate of reported driving offences involving foreigners
  • New Zealand road authorities have introduced a new rental car code
  • Earlier this year concerned locals confiscated car keys from foreigners

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A Chinese tourist has had her rental car confiscated in New Zealand after locals complained about her bizarre driving, in another reported case of road offences involving foreigners in the country.

After receiving numerous complaints about reckless driving on Sunday, police were called to rural Canterbury where they confiscated a rental car from a Chinese tourist who was caught speeding.

‘The report on the day is that the vehicle was speeding so we did what we do and spoke to the rental car company about the concerns around the risks posed in allowing the driver to continue,’ Senior Sergeant Pete Stills told Stuff.1

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After receiving numerous complaints about reckless driving on Sunday, police were called to rural Canterbury where they confiscated a rental car from a Chinese tourist (stock image)

This is the third instance involving a tourist driving recklessly in the Selwyn area in the past week.

On Friday, another Chinese tourist crashed her rental car into another vehicle in the Lincoln area after she failed to give way and earlier this month an overseas student rolled her car on a highway.

The string of motor accidents involving foreigners has prompted New Zealand road authorities to introduce of a new voluntary code of practice to be implemented as of October 1.

A highway in the Selwyn District, Canterbury in South Island, New Zealand where a Chinese tourist had her car confiscated by police

The NZ Transport Agency is also set to install electronic warning signs at two high-risk Canterbury intersections to slow down motorists and reduce the likelihood of crashes (stock image)

The two biggest crash types in New Zealand for overseas licence holders are intersection collisions (32 %) and single vehicle loss of control or run off road crashes (31%) (stock images)

The new code is aimed at improving the road safety and will target rental vehicle companies around New Zealand.

‘The aim of the voluntary code is to provide a minimum standard of consistency in operators’ approach to providing information to visitors on what’s different about driving in New Zealand,’ said Tourism Industry Association New Zealand Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

The NZ Transport Agency is also set to install electronic warning signs at two high-risk Canterbury intersections to slow down motorists and reduce the likelihood of crashes.

According to to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, 42 percent of all the crashes in the South Island involve overseas licence holders,and overseas licence holders make up about 6 percent of fatal and injury crashes across New Zealand.

The two biggest crash types in New Zealand for overseas licence holders are intersection collisions (32 %) and single vehicle loss of control or run off road crashes (31%).

In March, Daily Mail Australia3 reported on the rise of vigilante New Zealand motorists who confiscates the keys of foreigners to prevent them from driving.

The trend followed the death of eight people in crashes involving tourists in a fortnight in March, five incidents of key confiscation were reported in the nation’s South Island.

According to to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, 42 percent of all the crashes in the South Island involve overseas licence holders

References

  1. ^ Stuff. (www.stuff.co.nz)
  2. ^ (www.stuff.co.nz)
  3. ^ Daily Mail Australia (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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