They force all the taxi drivers to get these spycams whether they want to or not and now some of them haven't been able to fit them within the timeline they are all out of work. Ridiculous. This measure is supposed to help the taxi drivers not penalise them. This is the sort of bureaucracy gone mad - the Nany state - that the Nats claimed they would save NZ from. And yet here is Steven Joyce responsible for one after another petty abomination.
National has no philosophical opposition to compulsion - it's only when the compulsuion is for something left-wing (like students' associations) when they kick up a fuss. Joyce has been "captured" by his Ministry.
About 500 Auckland taxis have been unable to accept fares since Monday, because mandatory security cameras have yet to be installed in them.
Although their operators were given an extra week from August 1 to fit the cameras and panic buttons, following attacks on drivers and the murders of two of them, the Transport Agency has refused to grant a further reprieve.
It's the taxi drivers and companies that should determine their safety precautions not the Ministry.