Chch mayor calls on govt to stop boy racers

01:43, Jan 31 2009

Christchurch mayor Bob Parker is calling for the Government to tell the city how to deal with the problem of boy racers.

His challenge comes shortly after a German television show aired depicting the city as a place where "motorised youth" were "out of control".

Mr Parker said Christchurch City Council had used all the limited powers it had to stamp out the "destructive and noisy" boy racers and was at the end of its tether.

"The ball is now in the court of central government to introduce legislation to curb the problem of young hoons terrorising our community."

The council had worked hard to ensure the city was safe for residents and visitors, he said.

"It is extremely disappointing to learn this week of how our international tourism reputation has been damaged yet again with a television programme in Germany depicting Christchurch as a city beset by hordes of boy racers."

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He asked for the Government to urgently consider legislation including:

* Suspending drivers' licenses for unpaid fines.

* Increasing the age a person could get a license.

* Lowering the allowable blood alcohol level.

These measures would help curb the "totally unacceptable behaviour" of the boy racers, Mr Parker said.

"Our police are doing an outstanding job, but it's time for Government to create a playing field that favours the rights of decent, law-abiding Kiwis."

Christchurch had taken measures against boy racers including banning them on streets where there was a problem, Mr Parker said.

"While these actions have caused some respite in the areas targeted, we still have an issue with safety, property damage, litter, vandalism, noise issues and the poor image of the city being generated by these young hoons."

NZPA