Race-based fines (or not)… Apartheid by any other name

One News broke the exclusive last night

Unlicensed Maori drivers caught behind the wheel in South Auckland are getting the chance to avoid a $400 fine.

Police are defending the move, saying it’s part of their goal to reduce Maori offending and that it’s crucial and it’s working.

Documents leaked to ONE News show the “guidelines”police in South Auckland say they’ve been enforcing since last year.

The paperwork spells out that all Maori drivers caught without a licence or in breach of their conditions are to be referred for training and not given a ticket.

“We then refer them to the panel and the panel looks at a whole range of issues that’s caused that person to drive without a licence or why that person hasn’t had a licence, and then provides some support,” says Superintendent Wally Haumaha of Police National Headquarters.

If after that Iwi and community support the driver has not complied within two months, a $400 ticket is then issued.

It’s a small part of what is a nationwide wide programme, Turning of the Tide, aimed at reducing Maori offending. And police say they have the discretion to do the same for non-Maori drivers, but that’s not spelt in the document.

Superintendent Haumaha says it’s not an issue based on race. “It’s based on the fact that they are a significant part of the problem so we’re working with the problem.”

If it is not a race-based issue, then Tongans, Chinese and Australians driving without a licence will also get a chance to avoid the $400 fine and be referred to a panel.

What?

They are not? ? Only Maori drivers are?

Then let’s stop being disingenuous and call this for what it is: ?Race-based policy.

This is a total shocker, and shows that there is a law for Maori, and a law for everyone else. ? Maori may be the biggest problem, but to deny?people of any race a similar chance at redemption can not be anything but a racist policy.

 

– One News

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