6 Dec 2010

Labour wants Australian stance on blood alcohol

9:31 pm on 6 December 2010

The Labour Party says the Government is clinging to a do-nothing policy on the blood alcohol limit and should follow Australia's stance.

The Australian government is considering reducing its .05 limit to .02, which is already law in Sweden.

New Zealand's alcohol limit for driving is .08.

The Government has resisted lowering that, saying more research is needed.

Labour's transport spokesperson, Darren Hughes, has tabled a Member's Bill calling for a reduction.

He says if the Government does nothing, it risks having a drink drive limit four times that of Australia.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Steven Joyce says he has not had any conversations with his Australian counterpart about the issue.