Police confiscate tourist’s rental car

Police confiscated a Chinese tourist’s rental car in rural Canterbury after several complaints about their driving. The incident was one of three involving tourist drivers throughout the Selwyn district over the past week. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said police received four complaints about the driving behaviour of one woman driving a rental car. Police pulled the car over about 1pm Sunday, south of Dunsandel.

“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.”

Stills said police then took the car from the tourist. Another Chinese tourist crashed her rental car into another vehicle at the Ellesmere Junction Rd and Springs Rd roundabout in Lincoln on Friday. Stills said the tourist was charged with failing to give way. On September 22, a foreign student living in Springfield rolled her car on State Highway 75.

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A new code of conduct for rental vehicle companies comes into force on October 1. All rental operators in New Zealand will be asked to sign up after an agreement between about 25 companies to address concerns over the safety of visiting drivers.

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The code aims to assess a driver’s experience at vehicle pick-up points. Rental operators are also asked to provide pre-arrival information to visitors on New Zealand road rules, with the minimum requirement a link to the www.drivesafe.org.nz6 website.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has ordered electronic signs and is investigating ways of translating key messages as tourists continue to feature in a disproportionate number of road accidents in Westland, Southland and Otago. The percentage of fatal and serious injury vehicle crashes caused by tourists across the country has stayed about 6 per cent since 2001. The ratio is considerably higher in popular tourist destinations though, with the South Island accounting for 41 per cent of all crashes involving overseas drivers.

– Stuff

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