Simon Bridges gets schooled in manners


Typical behaviour from a young third-term buffoon:

Transport Minister Simon Bridges ignored official advice to consult with councils before announcing he would allow electric cars to use bus lanes.

He now faces a backlash with one council indicating it won’t implement the policy and another considering whether to enforce it.

Documents from the Ministry show he was told it would be “important to discuss” the measure before making any form of announcement on the Government’s high-profile, multimillion-dollar bid to get more New Zealanders into electric cars.

The advice said councils would likely be uninterested in allowing electric vehicles [EVs] in bus lanes because of the impact on public transport.

But the Herald checked with the nation’s three biggest councils, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and none say they were consulted with before the announcement.

The only authority which was consulted with was the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Bridges, who is overseas, would not answer questions on ignoring the Ministry’s advice but said the Government would pass the legislation because it was the “single most effective non-financial incentive you can put in place to increase [electric vehicle] uptake”.

This was evident in places like Norway and California, he said.

Yeah but Si, you have to get buy-in.  So, not only do you ignore the advice of people that know better than you do, you also think that being in government means you can enforce by decree.

To be charitable, you probably thought that it was such a good idea it would be self-evident to everyone else, and they would approach it with your enthusiasm.

Let’s see if you’ve learned from this.


– Amelia Wade, NZ Herald

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