Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests

A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests. In sentencing a Chinese driver whose rental car collided with another vehicle near Queenstown, Judge Kevin Phillips said this was a "classic case" of why tourists should sit a driving test. Describing the man’s driving as “atrocious”, Judge Phillips said:

“It's a classic case of why people need to have examinations done before taking control of powerful rental cars on New Zealand roads."*

Government failing to act over tourist accidents, says safety campaigner

The government’s strategy for dealing with tourist accidents has been a dismal failure, says the car review website
Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

“Hardly a week goes by without a serious accident involving foreign nationals using our roads, yet the government’s response has been largely restricted to giving out brochures and stickers telling foreigners to drive safely.”

Many tourist car accidents preventable, says safety campaigner

Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website

A position paper titled: Driven to distraction: a submission on reducing tourist accidents, written by Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, calls for drastic changes to the way vehicles are rented out to foreign drivers.

Speeding campaigns damage confidence in police, says safety campaigner

Extreme police anti-speeding campaigns alienate drivers and damage public confidence in the police, says the car review website

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says many drivers now believe that anti-speeding campaigns are simply a form of revenue-gathering.

“Most motorists totally support the police when the police target reckless driving, that is, driving in a way that is too fast for the conditions and which places innocent people at immediate risk.”

Queensland Police explain why they halted car chases

“Worldwide, more police and members of the public are killed ‘in police action’ due to car crashes than any other cause.”

This simple sentence explains why the Queensland police no longer chase drivers who have committed minor breaches of the law.

In an extraordinary document, issued by the Queensland police in 2012, the commissioner states:

Time to rethink police chases, says safety campaigner

Police chases are dangerous and generally unnecessary, says the American Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car review website,, also wants the police to abandon car chases, except in ‘extreme emergencies’.

Matthew-Wilson was commenting after the Independent Police Conduct Authority concluded the Christchurch police should have abandoned a high-speed car chase because it posed an ''unjustified risk to members of the public''.

Macfarlane lying over used Japanese cars, says expert

Claims that allowing used Japanese cars into Australia would reduce road safety are simply nonsense, says the car review website

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who has extensively studied the New Zealand experience with used imports, says:

“Used Japanese imports were the best thing that ever happened to the New Zealand consumer.”

“In the late 1980s, New Zealanders went from driving rusty old death-traps to driving relatively modern cars. Now, with about half the New Zealand fleet coming second-hand from Japan, New Zealanders wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Government inaction killing innocent motorists, says safety campaigner

Innocent people are dying due to long delays in installing centre lane barriers on high risk roads, says an outspoken road safety campaigner.

Speaking after yet another fatal accident on SH2 at Kaitoke, where a car crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming vehicle, Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

"Most of these collisions are easily preventable by the centre median barriers, which are both cheap and easy to install."

Safety campaigner backs alcohol levy

A prominent road safety campaigner has backed a call by the AA for an alcohol levy to help pay for the cost of alcohol-related injuries.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website, says:

“Multiple studies have shown that alcohol consumption by high risk groups can be reduced by raising the cost.”

FBI urges end to police chases

Police chases for traffic violations are dangerous and generally unnecessary, says the American Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A 2010 FBI report says breaking off the pursuit of a fleeing vehicle has very few negative consequences for crime-fighting.

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased, they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk.