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Should tourist drivers have to display a 'T-plate'?

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A road near Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island.
A road near Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island.

A group of Kiwis is throwing their support behind a campaign calling for tourists to drive with 'T-plates' on their rental cars.

The founder of the 'T-Plates for Tourists' movement said tourists should have to pass a test before they can drive on New Zealand's challenging, distracting and often unforgiving terrain.

The campaign's Facebook page has attracted more than 3000 followers and a petition has started up on its dedicated website urging the Government to introduce a T-plate system.

According to the latest data from the New Zealand Transport Agency, foreign drivers contribute to about 6 per cent of all crashes resulting in injury or death - even though tourists are estimated to make up just 1 per cent of all road traffic in the country.

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