19 Jun 2015

Human rights complaints over Maori driver amnesty

2:42 pm on 19 June 2015

Complaints have been made to the Human Rights Commission over a move by police to spare Maori drivers from being ticketed if they're caught without a licence.

The police now admit the driver's licence amnesty in South Auckland, in which Maori drivers were not fined, should never have happened

The instruction to Counties Manukau police, which had been in place for 18 months, said all Maori drivers caught without a licence or in breach of licence conditions should be given two months to fix the problem before they're fined.

The Human Rights Commission said it had now received complaints about the police instructions, which were being dealt with by its complaints resolution team.