Brodie Kane: Is this fair?

So, I don’t know about you but I’ve certainly used *555 to report a dangerous driver.

When I called I was driving back from Matakana, north of Auckland, and a driver was weaving in and out of the lane, and passing cars in incredibly dangerous spots. It was nerve-wracking to be behind.

I called *555 to report this in the hope that highway patrol might be in the area and could catch the driver in the act.

Luckily, they did. But what would’ve happened if they couldn’t get to him? I thought surely they’ll be able to send the driver a warning based on what I’d seen.

What I’ve learnt on the story we’ve done with west-Auckland truck driver Schaa Rabbani – is that the police can go even further than that.

Schaa came to us because he’d been issued a $150 infringement notice by police, not because they’d caught him in the act, but because one person had called to complain about his driving.

A fine for a non-police person dobbing you in? ?

I initially thought, no way, they can’t do that! So I got on the phone to traffic lawyer Steve Cullen and it turns out that yes, legally the police can do this.

But wouldn’t a warning have been sufficient?

If one person rings up and dobs someone in they don’t think is driving well, is it really enough to issue an infringement?

Steve Cullen thinks a poor decision by police has been made here, and a warning would’ve been perfectly adequate.

It’s not just that, but what about malicious reports? ?How can police possibly fine someone on the basis of another driver’s assessment?

What do you think is acceptable in this situation?


– Brodie Kane, TVNZ