The threat to crush boy racers' cars for repeat offences has moved forward with the Government drafting legislation aimed at getting their souped-up vehicles out of circulation.
Police Minister Judith Collins said legislation currently being written would allow courts to order the crushing of cars belonging to recidivist offenders.
Ms Collins said yesterday that she believed crushing had benefits over selling the seized car and giving the money to charity.
"Who buys a boy racer car except another boy racer? We're just recycling the problem," she said, adding that while fines meant nothing to some boy racers, "they do care about their cars".
Exactly - "they do care about their cars". So seizing and destroying the cars of the worst offenders makes perfect sense. Their cars may in fact be the only thing these anti-social hoons care about, so this legislation will have teeth, hitting the boy-racers where it will hurt them the most.
And we applaud National and Collins for making good on their promise to take on the boy-racers head-on. Given Clayton Cosgrove's previous commendable efforts to deal with (or to) the problem, there may even be bi-partisan support for the legislation. That would indeed be a good thing, and send a strong message to these hoons that whoever is in power, their standover tactics will not be tolerated.