Regulation is the problem – not Uber

The Government’s standoff with Uber shows we need to simplify transport regulations, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“As Uber flouts licencing rules, Simon Bridges says NZTA is ‘considering all available options’. This ought to include simply scrapping the red tape around licencing,” says Mr Seymour.

“If the Minister capitulates to taxi lobbyists and bans Uber, it would send the completely wrong message about New Zealand’s attitude toward technological change.

Prudish alcohol laws must be revisited

ACT Leader David Seymour today congratulated Paul Foster-Bell on the passage of his Private Member’s bill, with regret that it was necessary.

“This is the second time in a year that we’ve had to rush a bill through parliament because our prudish alcohol law doesn’t work for the responsible majority.

“I note that none of the predictions of riots and disorder made over my Rugby World Cup amendment bill were remotely accurate.

Earthquake-prone buildings rules will hurt more than they will help

Earthquake-prone buildings legislation will hurt regional New Zealand unless changes are made, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The government’s own analysis shows the new rules will have little impact on public safety and will waste three quarters of a billion dollars.  The real costs are likely to be much higher – in the billions,” says Mr Seymour.

Auckland must be exempted from earthquake-prone buildings law

Auckland and other low-seismic-risk areas must be exempted from strict new building strength regulations, says ACT Leader David Seymour, who plans to vote against the Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Bill at second reading tonight.

“The evidence I’ve seen shows Auckland has an extremely low risk of a severe earthquake and that even if the worst case scenario earthquake were to occur, strengthening to the required standards would result in almost no improvement in public safety.

Special economic zones may be needed across NZ

A New Zealand Initiative report on special economic zones (SEZ) has been welcomed by ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Letting local authorities opt in or out of certain policy settings could provide a low-risk alternative to the one-size-fits-all regulatory approach.

“Different parts of the country have different regulatory needs and desires. A classic example is RMA reform. With broad reforms stuck in a political stalemate, why not test the appetite for narrower, regionally adjusted policy?

Nanny state retreats

ACT Leader David Seymour will bring his Rugby World Cup Bill back to Parliament this afternoon, and expects it to pass into law today.

“The Bill will allow pubs and clubs to open at extended hours for Rugby World Cup games, meaning New Zealanders can enjoy watching the Cup at community pubs and clubs,” said Mr Seymour.

“While the key provisions of the Bill regarding notification, opening times, and the number of games remain, the Select Committee has worked hard to make several improvements.

ACT successfully introduces RWC Bill

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Green Party’s swift turnaround on his Rugby World Cup opening hours Bill.

“Common sense has prevailed and I’m looking forward to working across party lines through the select committee process, which is the correct vehicle for debating the detail of legislation.

“I’m confident we can produce a Bill which will allow pubs to open during World Cup games, so people can come together and celebrate this international event by gathering with friends and strangers.”