Revenue Minister upset about Police revenue gathering [POLL]



It’s not often we get to see Peter Dunne throw his toys out of the cot.  It seems hidden speed cameras is the issue that’s most important for our United Future battler

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has taken the unusual step of criticising police over their covert speed camera policy, which he says is a subterfuge aimed at making money.

The veteran MP is so angry about covert speed camera vans he has tried to use the Official Information Act to get police to tell him exactly which areas in Wellington and the Hutt Valley are using them.

Why not nationwide Peter?  Don’t we deserve to  know?

But police refused to tell him saying it would prejudice the maintenance of the law.

“I think what all this subterfuge is about is police having a nice little earner,” says Dunne.

Speed cameras snap almost 700,000 speeding drivers a year. Fines worth almost $50 million were issued last year.

Why is Peter really angry?  Is it because the Police is more effective in revenue gathering than he is?

While it is highly unusual for Government ministers to criticise police on operational matters, Dunne said he is speaking for all motorists.

“I think being treated as almost criminals, as the police seem to imply, is a bit ridiculous, I’m sure burglars and other criminals are laughing all the way to the next crime.”

You know what?  If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he’s trying out what it’s like to be in opposition.

What do you think about hidden speed cameras?

  • They are a cynical revenue gathering exercise (55%, 207 Votes)
  • I don't care. Just don't speed. Easy. (31%, 118 Votes)
  • They save lives and punish the idiots. They're great (12%, 47 Votes)
  • Not sure / Something else (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 377

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