Waiting on a law change
Gary Stoneley, NZ Lifestyle Camping
The Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill
As this magazine goes to print we are waiting to hear the government select committee’s recommendation of the bill introduced by Stuart Nash MP.
There are three parts to the proposed legislation,
requiring certified self contained vehicles to have a fixed toilet,
changes to the regulatory powers for camping on government controlled land and
greater regulation of the certification process.
Of greatest concern to NZ vehicle campers has been the draconian approach of requiring permanently fixed toilets which would unfairly penalise thousands of responsible NZ campers, in multiple types of vehicles and from all walks of life.
Bringing in greater camping restrictions at a time when we should be encouraging NZer’s to be better prepared and more resilient in case of emergency has no logic.
Lets hope that common sense prevails as in the words of Todd McClay MP:
“This legislation has been poorly drafted and needs fixing. Labour should not misuse its Parliamentary majority to pass a poorly-written law that will unfairly restrict thousands of responsible campers.”