In December 1999, the Minister of Transport introduced a Bill to the House of Representatives that will amend the present Civil Aviation Act. The Bill has had its first reading in the House and has now been referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.
If you wish to make a submission on any of the amendments contained in the Bill you will need to forward 20 copies of your submission to:
Transport and Industrial Relations Committee
The closing date for submissions is 2 March 2001.
Copies of the Bill in full can be obtained from Legislation Direct, PO Box 12-418, Thorndon, Wellington (quoting Item No. 99 91-1) at a cost of $6.85 plus $1.50 postage and packing.
What's in the Bill?
Significant proposed amendments in the Bill are:
- Changes to the manner in which the Director's powers to suspend, revoke or impose conditions on an aviation document are exercised
- Amendments relating to the evidence and proof required for proving the illegal carriage of passengers or goods for hire or reward
- An amendment to establish an effective process for detecting dangerous goods and preventing their unlawful carriage by air passengers
- Changes which enable New Zealand to ratify the Montreal Convention relating to international air carrier liability
- Incorporation of current provisions of New Zealand law relating to domestic air carrier civil liability, which would raise the limit on damages payable for death or injury from $42,000 to $250,000
- Making temporary provision for the designation of events organisers for the purposes of controlling access to the airspace above the America's Cup Regatta and the preceding Challenger Selection Series.
- Simplification of international air licensing procedures and updating procedures to take account of new types of services that may be operated by New Zealand international airlines under air services agreements to which New Zealand is a party
- Replacing the infringement offence procedures applying to the ban on smoking on aircraft with procedures similar to those contained in the Biosecurity Act.
The above list is not exhaustive and the Bill also makes some minor drafting changes and remedies inconsistencies with other transport legislation.
During the formulation of the Bill, the Ministry of Transport undertook consultation with the New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association, the Aviation Industry Association, the Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Aero Club. Consultation also took place with the Crown Law Office, Ministry of Justice, Treasury, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, State Services Commission and the Ministry of Economic Development
What do I do if I want to make a submission about any of these proposals?
The Bill is now subject to normal parliamentary process and the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee will study the Bill and any public submissions before it returns to the House for debate.
This is an important part of the democratic process that allows you to have your say on the content of the Bill to the Select Committee.
If you wish to make your view known, send 20 copies of your submission to the Clerk of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee at Parliament Buildings before 2 March 2001.