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Cops find one in five vehicles  non-compliant

More than one in five four-wheeled vehicles are estimated to be non-compliant on Rarotonga.

Police made the rough estimate after informal checks of parked vehicles.   

Two checks were undertaken recently in the central town area on vehicles parked between CITC mainstore and CIPS (Teotue).

Just over 24 per cent of the cars, trucks, and vans did not display a current warrant of fitness and/or annual registration.

The registration plates of the 87 infringing vehicles were noted by Police in case of future reference during traffic enforcement checkpoints, Police said in a statement.

A total of 354 vehicles were checked. 

Two checks were done on two separate days - once last week and again on Tuesday this week. 

The average was 24.5 per cent non-compliance with expired warrants and annual licences on each day.

Police confirmed the vehicles were parked (unattended) so not subject to ticketing. 

 “These informal checks provided Police with a useful indication of how many drivers are failing in their responsibilities. 

“Not surprising, at all, given the extent of the poor attitudes towards practical driving,” Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said.