After plowing into the locals for years while we stand idly by in fear of losing someone a tourist dollar, there is some movement. ¬†Maybe.
Police may get the power to ban erratic tourist drivers from the roads as concern grows about the number of fatalities involving overseas drivers.
The death of motorcyclist Grant Roberts left two young boys without a father. They have taken a petition to Parliament asking to make it tougher for tourists to drive here.
Mr Roberts was one of two motorcyclists killed when a young Chinese woman lost control of her car.
Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea¬†investigated the accident and has called for police to be given powers to ban drivers who show a “demonstrable lack of ability”.
Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is interested in the idea.
“We’re considering all the options that the coroner’s put to us,” he says. “That recommendation in particular I’m interested in and I’ll be talking to the Minister of Police about that one.”
We have to have a better balance where we value the safety of others over the bottom line of tourist operators just a little more.