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New Zealand Group Wants Foreign Drivers to Display ‘T Plates’

Car Rental & Rail | Amy Coyne Bredeson | May 15, 2016

New Zealand Group Wants Foreign Drivers to Display ‘T Plates’

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Tourists driving in New Zealand would be required to take a driving test and display “T Plates” in their car windows if it were up to a group that says the visitors are causing too many automobile wrecks in the country.

The movement is called “T Plates for Tourists” and was started by a man who asked to be referred to as Josh, Newshub reported. 

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The founder said people visiting New Zealand are unprepared for the country’s rough roads and should be tested to make sure they know how to drive on them, Newshub said. He said if they pass the test, they should display a “T plate” in the window of their cars to warn local drivers.

"People who come to this country are given the right to drive despite many of them not knowing our driving rules or regulations -- hence the number of crashes that occur on our roads," the founder told Newshub.

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The worst month for crashes in the country is February, according to data Newshub obtained from the New Zealand Transport Agency. In an average February between 2006 and 2013, the agency said foreign drivers were involved in 7 percent of wrecks that ended in injury or death.


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