Automobile Association

So not speed then, a better focus on improving roads

The Police have constantly claimed that lower road tolls are as a result of their focus on speed.

That went spectacularly wrong this holiday period just gone when the road toll ballooned and so did the national road toll.

By constantly claiming it was their actions that lowered the toll the Police set themselves up for failure. If, instead, they had talked about improved vehicle construction utilising side intrusion beams, air bags, crumple zones etc plus discussed roading improvements, then their credibility might still be intact.

As a case in point there is news out of Wellington regarding road design that proves my point.

Wellington’s roads were the envy of Australasia last year, with the region recording the lowest level of road deaths per capita on both sides of the Tasman.

Figures compiled by the Ministry of Transport and the Automobile Association show there were 12 road deaths across Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa in 2014 – 2.4 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the region. That was the lowest per capita rate across both New Zealand and Australia.

Auckland was the next best, with 39 deaths, or 2.5 per 100,000 people. ? ? Read more »

Automobile Association ignores elephant in the room


AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen said over the last two years very low numbers of people were killed on the roads during the holidays, at six and seven deaths.

“Unfortunately, this year, we’ve seen it go back up to at least 16. That takes us back to basically where we were three years ago, where there were 19 people killed,” he said.

Yes. ?So, your conclusion Mr Dylan Thomsen?

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Boag snatch to fund Sky City blowout?


There?s a new candidate for who is paying Michelle ?The Boagan? Boag and her offsider Cedric ?Senile? Allan for their campaign to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from the people of Auckland and South Auckland to give to Lyin? Len Brown?s council.

Whaleoil still doesn?t quite believe it but it?s overloading the tipline so here goes: The theory is it?s SkyCity casino. Here?s why it could be true.

Since Friday SkyCity has been saying it needs another $130 million from the government to build its new National Convention Centre. Or else it?ll pull out of the deal. The government has to make the SkyCity deal work because all the rest of its convention centre plan is falling apart.

Steven Joyce seems to be saying he?ll open up some of his trough but not for the full $130 million and wants Auckland ratepayers to front up with the rest. ?

In a world first, everyone from Lyin? Len to Dick Quax have lined up and told Joyce to shove it. (The one exception is Cameron ?Mr Fiscal Responsibility? Brewer who sounds like he?s had too many nights in the SkyCity corporate box.) Read more »

Who is paying for the Boagan’s $2.1 BILLION snatch?

business woman with lots of money

Everyone smart is running a mile from Michelle ?The Boagan? Boag?s plan to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from Aucklanders and South Aucklanders to give to Lyin? Len Brown for him to build his trainset.

But one question is still be to explored. Who is paying The Boagan, 60? And who is paying her offsider Cedric ?Senile? Allan, 102?

These people don?t do anything for free. The Boagan even got Doug Myers to pay her when she was running for National Party President.

The tipline is running hot with theories. Read more »

The Boagan signs up Brian “Opinion-for-Hire” Rudman


By now, regular readers will know all about Michelle ?The Boagan? Boag?s campaign to steal $2.1 billion from the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust to give to her new friend Lyin? Len Brown so he can build his trainset a bit earlier than planned.

But remember, this is The Boagan we?re dealing with here. Her campaign is going about as well as when she got caught videoing the Winebox Inquiry, or when she made Bill English leader of the National Party, or the Blackheart America?s Cup fiasco, or her ?help? in John Banks’ mayoral campaign ?

If The Boagan?s involved you don?t have to wait long for a fiasco.

And so it has happened again.

Of the original Ten Dwarfs, The Boagan recruited to her $2.1 billion snatch, it turns out some didn?t even know they were meant to be involved.

The original Ten Dwarfs were:

  1. Kim Campbell ? from the Employers? and Manufacturer?s Association
  2. Michael Barnett ? from the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce
  3. Tony Garnier ? from the Auckland Business Forum
  4. Stephen Selwood ? from the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development
  5. Barney Irvine ? from the Automobile Association
  6. David Aitken ? from the National Road Carriers Association
  7. Heather Shotter ? Committee for Auckland
  8. Cameron Pitchers ? from the Campaign for Better Transport
  9. Connall Townsend ? from the NZ Property Council
  10. Jeremy Sole ? NZ Contractors Federation

Whaleoil?s spy at the big meeting to plan The Boagan?s campaign say as soon as they got wind of what she planned, Barney Irvine, Connall Townsend, David Aitkin and Jeremy Sole decided not even to show up.

Tony Garnier did show up but made clear he was there only to listen and wasn?t signing up to anything. Stephen Selwood turned up and spoke strongly against The Boagan?s $2.1 billion snatch.

Now the tipline is running hot with news Michael Barnett of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce had his eye off the ball and didn?t really know how he was being used by The Boagan. His board is furious. They knew nothing about the snatch.

Even the Boagan?s old winebox mates at Russell McVeagh weren?t impressed either when they found out they were being asked to unleash the legal dogs of war against AECT. ?? Read more »

Auckland Transport have had a ‘Midvale School for the gifted’ moment


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Auckland Transport have had a ‘Midvale School for the gifted’ moment this week with the release of their parking brain farts.

And the AA is pointing out just how dumb it is.

The introduction of parking charges at Auckland’s network of park & ride stations could add to traffic congestion and encourage a commuter culture, says the Automobile Association, which thinks it goes against Auckland Transport’s aim to create a “shift to public transport”.

The objective is set out in a discussion paper looking at putting parking fees or time limits into more parts of the city.

Income from park & ride sites has been proposed to help pay for adding to the 5300 spaces available at the current stations around the city. Spaces would need to treble to about 15,000 by the year 2040 because of demand, the document says.

The AA warned charging people for a space could defeat the purpose of park & ride facilities. “At this point, we’d be sceptical about it,” said AA Auckland Transport spokesman Barney Irvine.

“Our main concern is it could have a perverse effect, it could result in more people driving than using public transport.”

Fees at park & ride facilities could make it too expensive for people to catch public transport, meaning more cars would end up on the road and add to the city’s traffic woes, Mr Irvine said.

The AA would not support the proposal unless there was “compelling modelling to support it”.

So, is the idea by AT to charge park and ride commuters for the car parking an epic failure or genius? You decide. We’re too busy sitting in bewilderment.


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Dispute tribunal and Automobile Association ignore property rights

So this guy parks illegally in a company car park and gets towed. ?He appeals, because it was at night, and the company doesn’t use the car park at night, so nobody is deprived of a parking spot.

Tow company comes along and takes the vehicle away.

The guy wins on appeal because of a technicality: ?a piece of paper that essentially acts as a “tow notice” or some sort of vehicle trespass notice hadn’t been supplied.

So the guy goes to the disputes tribunal, gets the decision overturned based on a technicality, and next minute you have the Automobile Association siding with the guy who illegally parked his car on someone else’ property.

Nikki Preston explains further:

An Auckland man has won a battle against a towing company after his van was illegally towed from a private car park in Auckland’s CBD, even though he did not have permission to be parked there.

The Automobile Association is claiming Steven Ooi’s win at the Disputes Tribunal as a victory for motorists, and says the ruling could set a precedent because it raises questions about motorists parking in business carparks after hours if they are not causing any harm.

The Automobile Association needs to get a grip. ? Read more »

The hockey stick of road deaths

Colin Espiner features again, this time actually switching from a repeater to a reporter. ?He’s reports on the police cherry picking road death statistics to support their 4 km/h speed tolerance claim.

Police out in force this weekend targeting drivers breaching the speed limit by even a couple of clicks but there is no conclusive evidence yet that the new lowered threshold saves lives.

A summer-long reduction in the traditional 10kmh speed tolerance to just 4kmh has started, with police citing previous success during long weekends when it has been applied and the chance to save lives over the holidays.

But an analysis of crash statistics by the Sunday Star-Times since police first started using the low tolerance three years ago shows mixed results.

When announcing the summer campaign, assistant commissioner of road policing Dave Cliff said research showed dropping the tolerance during Queen’s Birthday weekends in 2010 and 2011 resulted in the number of fatal and injury crashes falling by 25 per cent compared to the previous two years.

But he chose to omit last year’s data, when seven people died. Two died in 2010 and one in 2011, compared with 10 in 2009 and three in 2008.

The public have already decided this is a revenue gathering exercise. ?Although this hasn’t splashed back on Government yet, a robust implementation with little discretion shown by Police makes this issue a potential “light bulb or shower head” election issue.

Cherry picking stats to back your case is a huge mistake to make. ?Tut tut.

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Sign post them

I agree with the AA, speed cameras should be sign posted. When I drove around Australia speed camera areas were clearly signposted. By clearly sign posting speed camera areas it removed the charge that the government is simply trying to increase revenue gathering and focuses the campaign clearly on road safety.

The Automobile Association has dismissed concerns plans to double police use of speed cameras is a revenue-gathering move, but says fixed cameras should be signposted to alert motorists to their use.

The National Land Transport Programme 2012-15 announced yesterday included a “reserve allocation” of $10 million “to support the increased use of technology to manage speed”.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) spokesman Andy Knackstedt confirmed the money was earmarked for additional speed cameras.

Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges indicated the money could pay for more than 60 new cameras. There are 55 currently in use.

I think some of the locations need to be assessed too. There is a speed camera on Waipuna Road in Auckland. It was put there before the South Eastern Highway existed and was needed as that road was the main arterial to Eastern Suburbs. However since the SEH opened Waipuna Road is pretty much a desert…though the speed camera remains. It can only be for revenue gathering purposes.