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Old Dec 19th 2009, 8:51 am
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Default 9 points on driving licence!! eek!!

What a numbnut!! I've gone and picked up another 3 points on my driving licence bringing me to a nerve wracking nine ponts!! I don't lose 3 until May 2011!!

My question is... we plan to emigrate in May 2010, I understand that you have to apply for a NZ driving licence if you've been there for over 12 months / intend to stay. Will my points get carried across or will i get a shiny new clean NZ one?

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Old Dec 19th 2009, 6:18 pm
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You'll get a nice shiney clean NZ one - and thank goodness for that by the sounds of things!

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If your picking up points like that in the uk the police here will have a field day
when you arrive.
There are sooooo many police on the roads here and they are very keen.
There are also unmarked camera vans that are dotted about the place in different
locations every day.
remember we are in kilometers and 10 kmh is only 6mph so the margin for error
is even tighter.
Fines are heavy and they will throw on an extra $50 fine for not having your licence on you.
Another trick is for the police to hide near a junction with a stop sign.
Even if the road is empty and you can see for miles in all directions, if you do not stop
and i mean stop completely, not just slow down to 2 mph, they will nab you
and that'll be another $150 into the govt coffers.
Aaarrrhhh the joys of motoring and the thrill of the open road aye!!
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Old Dec 19th 2009, 7:02 pm
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Originally Posted by colandros View Post
If your picking up points like that in the uk the police here will have a field day
when you arrive.
There are sooooo many police on the roads here and they are very keen.
There are also unmarked camera vans that are dotted about the place in different
locations every day.
remember we are in kilometers and 10 kmh is only 6mph so the margin for error
is even tighter.
Fines are heavy and they will throw on an extra $50 fine for not having your licence on you.
Another trick is for the police to hide near a junction with a stop sign.
Even if the road is empty and you can see for miles in all directions, if you do not stop
and i mean stop completely, not just slow down to 2 mph, they will nab you
and that'll be another $150 into the govt coffers.
Aaarrrhhh the joys of motoring and the thrill of the open road aye!!
Ditto the above and we are in Rotorua!
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Old Dec 19th 2009, 7:19 pm
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Default Re: 9 points on driving licence!! eek!!

yep points for all sorts here.

Thing is this though.

How the hell do you all manage to rack them up!

There are hardly any traffic lights,not one single box junction,no red routes,a rush hour that consisits of maybe a maximum extra ten mins on the journey.

Highways are so empty its a joke and even getting stuck behind a truck only lasts a short time.(again south island and dunedin based description)

so 50 kph and 100kph steady speed will in the end still be shit loads quicker journey times pro rata than back in the UK.

So I say Stop at the stop lines,keep to the speed limit,cruise down the highway and enjoy what is on the whole stress free travel.

And before we start on the standard of driving here which as we all know is TOTALY, UTTERLY, CRAP! I say slow and steady wins the race!

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Pet peeve, but first, yes, I am surprised that you have picked up so many points. I have only ever one speeding ticket. I agree, here where we live on the South Island, there may be police around, but it has never been a concern of mine.

The peeve is kph. This is not correct as it is km/h.
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Default Re: 9 points on driving licence!! eek!!

I'm under the impression these are points racked up in the UK?

You will start with a clean slate here - unless you lose your UK license - so BE CAREFUL!
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Originally Posted by Am Loolah View Post
I'm under the impression these are points racked up in the UK?

You will start with a clean slate here - unless you lose your UK license - so BE CAREFUL!
Just stick to the speed limits, obey the stop signs etc. drive with diligence and consideration and there is nothing to concern yourself about. I guess what you really need to ask is why do you rack up so many points? Driving and NOT attracting the plod is piss easy if you obey the rules of the road. The latter is not a smug comment simply common sense. I guess you already know you have/had an issue and where you go from now is your choice. I reckon I was a totally crap driver until I took my motor cycle test some 20 years avo passing my car test. it taught me soooooooooooo much. I am far from perfect now but try my best by simply doing as the highway code tells me. Alas it is way too easy to fall into a bad bunch of habits after you have passed your 1st test. Having kids also bought home to me just how dangerous the roads are. No one wants to kill/lose a child..maybe afore kids/motor bike license I was blase.
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Default Re: 9 points on driving licence!! eek!!

pet peeve, but first I agree drive to the rules and all will be fine.

Now peeve, people who pick up on the most stupid little errors

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My mum who has come out to visit us for the first time, who is 67, has now been breathalised twice and been done for speeding. she has only been here 3 weeks!!! I leant her my car and she is very responsible, but unfortunately she didn't see the reduce speed sign from a 70 to 50 and kept going. I must say though, she passed both breath tests which were done at 9am. She did ask if the point would show on her Uk lic, but no, only on a NZ one (which she doesn't have).

So it doesn't matter if you are 15 or 70, zero tolerance over here.
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I agree that a bike licence improves your driving.
Funny thing is i can stick to the limits easy enough in the car
but i've had to sell the bike as i cant enjoy myself on a bike at 60mph (100km/h not kph)
My bike was not comfortable at 100kmh, it was stuck at around 4000rpm and
nowhere near its limit (or mine) at nz legal speeds.
I've had a bike since i was 17. I'm 47 next week. I'm not into bimbleing around
and i dont want to only have to ride on tracks but $350 fines for 18 mph over
the limit is to rich for me
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Originally Posted by colandros View Post
I agree that a bike licence improves your driving.
Funny thing is i can stick to the limits easy enough in the car
but i've had to sell the bike as i cant enjoy myself on a bike at 60mph (100km/h not kph)
My bike was not comfortable at 100kmh, it was stuck at around 4000rpm and
nowhere near its limit (or mine) at nz legal speeds.
I've had a bike since i was 17. I'm 47 next week. I'm not into bimbleing around
and i dont want to only have to ride on tracks but $350 fines for 18 mph over
the limit is to rich for me
Both OH and myself are IAM Motorcycle Observers for quite a few years. My forward observations and peripheral vision are much improved but can't say my actual car control is advanced standard! In Warwickshire the major roads are now reduced to 50mph and that is first gear for my Honda Blackbird. Luckily where we live the cameras and vans are so vivid in fluorescents that anyone flashing them off must need further training! Was hoping things would be better down there!
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Originally Posted by george toni View Post
yep points for all sorts here.

Thing is this though.

How the hell do you all manage to rack them up!

There are hardly any traffic lights,not one single box junction,no red routes,a rush hour that consisits of maybe a maximum extra ten mins on the journey.

Highways are so empty its a joke and even getting stuck behind a truck only lasts a short time.(again south island and dunedin based description)

so 50 kph and 100kph steady speed will in the end still be shit loads quicker journey times pro rata than back in the UK.

So I say Stop at the stop lines,keep to the speed limit,cruise down the highway and enjoy what is on the whole stress free travel.

And before we start on the standard of driving here which as we all know is TOTALY, UTTERLY, CRAP! I say slow and steady wins the race!

george
Clearly the traffic's very different in Dunedin to Auckland and the North. Commuter traffic here is as bad as I've seen anywhere, thankfully I miss most of the time by cycle commuting.

Agree the re:earlier comments and the confetti ticket like attitude the NZ police have to speeding. Hidden cameras are difficult to watch out for, & usually added to many stretches of two lane carriageway and new by passes.

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Clearly the traffic's very different in Dunedin to Auckland and the North. Commuter traffic here is as bad as I've seen anywhere, thankfully I miss most of the time by cycle commuting.

Agree the re:earlier comments and the confetti ticket like attitude the NZ police have to speeding. Hidden cameras are difficult to watch out for, & usually added to many stretches of two lane carriageway and new by passes.
I got my first speeding ticket here after about 6 months - first as in ever! Not had one since -- learnt my lesson - why the hurry - relax and drive within the limit ...
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Originally Posted by Am Loolah View Post
I got my first speeding ticket here after about 6 months - first as in ever! Not had one since -- learnt my lesson - why the hurry - relax and drive within the limit ...
ditto - although it took me rather longer and probably about 20,000kms into driving in NZ. Never had a ticket or been stopped ever in the UK when I was doing that number of miles a year for a good dozen years.

It was on a stretch of rural road which went from 100 to 80 without much signage (as usual) and I was caught with an un-marked van. Good thing is that there were no demerits just an $80 fine.

MrsL got her one and only ticket a little earlier but she got stopped and so has demerits, and if you can show me a more careful, sedate driver then I'd be surprised - as I don't know one.......

For the uninitiated the white Haice vans with blacked out windows are a common speed camera hideout. Also there are plenty of road blocks stopping all and sundry for random breath tests at the moment. Saw one on Friday night. A good thing IMO but they are a little predictable in location and timings.
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