Cry Baby of the Day – Another whinger bleating

Cry Baby of the Day: Rose Black

Cry baby: Rose Black

Cry baby: Rose Black

The incident: The police now have Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems being deployed in vehicles. Some people think that they will cause a disproportionate victimisation of poor people.

A new, hi-tech licence plate recognition system is copping flack from welfare groups who claim it could have a negative impact on the poor.

Police believe the all-new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system is the key to identifying vehicles that are a potential hazard on the roads, and have been trialling the devices since late last year.

The ANPR – which sits on top of a patrol car – scans and records number plates of passing vehicles, instantly matching them to a police database.

If a vehicle is wanted for any reason – stolen vehicles, disqualified drivers, expired registration and wanted persons – a waiting patrol vehicle gives chase.

ANPR – which is capable of scanning up to 3000 number plates an hour – is an extension of the traditional process in which an officer would have to call a radio dispatcher to access information in the police database. 

The appropriate response: Applaud the police for finding a faster and better way of finding scumbags who speed, fail to register and warrant their vehicles and therefore make our streets safer for the law abiding citizens.

The actual response:

But Poverty Action Waikato researcher Rose Black said people on benefits and minimum wage jobs often struggled to meet the costs of vehicle licensing and maintenance.

“There are people in our community who simply don’t have the money,” she said.

“Something like this, which increases the level of surveillance for everyday people, can mean that people who are in that vulnerable population end up with even more in the way of sanctions, punishments or fines on their lives that they simply can’t afford.”

So she thinks if you can’t afford to licence and maintain your car you should still be allowed to drive death-traps on bald tires with no WOF, and the fact the Police have now found even quicker ways of finding them and getting them off the road is somehow painted as targeting the poor.

The “vulnerable” population are all the other legal drivers at risk of being smacked into by a car with bald tires, dodgy suspension and an inexperienced, unlicenced driver at the wheel. Good luck chasing them for insurance too.

I hope like hell they get all unwarranted, unmaintained, unlicenced vehicles and drivers off the road ASAP, and if you can’t afford to maintain the car, how the hell do you put petrol in it.

Catch the bus for a month and save up to get your car warranted and registered, and you’ll be fine.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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