7 Mar 2018

New Caledonians against mandatory vehicle checks

9:26 am on 7 March 2018

There have been demonstrations in New Caledonia against a government decision to introduce mandatory vehicle inspections.

The plan to submit vehicle to safety checks once they are five years old is now before the Congress.

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Noumea in opposition to the proposed law which the government says is aimed at improving road safety.

Truck drivers in provincial centres and at mining sites joined the action, driving slowly to express their misgivings.

Demonstrators say the planned law only incurs costs.

They claim the high road toll is not due to unsafe vehicles but to drivers being drunk or drugged or going too fast.