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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Christine II - A repossessed car

I read somewhere that the government thinks its a great idea to "repossess" cars from boy racers. [Sorry, can't find the source, so correct me if I'm wrong] Except I recently came across a case where the "boy racer" accelerated a bit quickly (as far as the cop was concerned) from a green light, and he lost the car.

How fair is this if the car they grab is the Dad's car? What if Dad needs it for his job?

Anyway, I think it was in the Magna Carta that expressly forbade such action:
(30) No sheriff, royal official, or other person shall take horses or carts for transport from any free man, without his consent.
More on the Magna Carta

I think this fascist mentality is yet another sign the Nanny State is prepared to progressively strip more and more rights from us, and where punishment does not match the crime.

It might be enough to encourage boy racers to borrow Miss Helen Clark's car. If caught, the car gets repossessed! They also should be able to claim that they were doing their homework in the back seat and a police driver has escaped on foot. They should get off scott free, and they would be following the government practice of blaming the Police for anything that goes wrong on their watch.

Her cars seem immune to speeding tickets anyway.

Posted by ZenTiger | 4/10/2005 12:24:00 pm


Blogger Andy said...

A few years ago, Maf seized two army vehicles when the soldiers driving them were caught taking Toheroas illegally.

The army had to buy them back as I recall

4/10/2005 02:38:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The worst thing about clarks speeding ticket saga is that she has denied it openly and nobody has really blinked an eye at her lack of morals and ethics.
As an insight into her personality it is very interesting.

Allah protect us

4/10/2005 02:48:00 pm  
Blogger Aaron Bhatnagar said...

I disagree about your opinion on not giving police more rights to deal with boy racers. I think the police and the law will be easily able to distinguish between real boy racer activitiy (diesel on the roads, mass cars lined up for racing) and some poor kid whose feet slip on the clutch next to the cops. Nanny state doesn't even enter into it - if my rates are being wasted replacing roads that get ruined by hoons, or my taxes being wasted by cops chasing hoons that get away with massive traffic infringements or crminal behaviour - I'm all for the cops trying something new to protect the public.

Boy racers are a genuine problem in a number of Auckland hotspots. Cracking down and sending a signal to the problem carboys/girls will hopefully get them to keep off the roads and keep the hooning to places where high spirits are encouraged, like the Meremere drags.

4/10/2005 10:07:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

I agree in principle Aaron, and I am sure a lot of parents may be relieved to have their kid pulled away from a true "boy racer" situation.

My concern is with the people where it was not a racing situation, and the car is taken, like the case I personally know of.

The law starts out fine and then starts hurting people out of proportion to the crime.

Maybe the cop had a bad day?

What really pisses me off is that this kid paid his fine, respected his 3 month driving suspension etc whilst the target group of kids often ignore the suspension and keep driving, often racking up multiple fines, multiple suspensions just keep on doing it.

4/10/2005 10:51:00 pm  

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