Reckless driving filmed on the TEL

A vehicle has been recorded cutting in front of another vehicle and driving at excessive speeds near the Papamoa entry to the Tauranga Eastern Link. Image: YouTube.

An incident of reckless driving captured on film near the Tauranga Eastern Link has sparked a safety reminder from police.

In the video uploaded to YouTube, a vehicle is seen cutting in front of another vehicle and driving at excessive speeds near the Papamoa entry to the Tauranga Eastern Link.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says while he is unable to comment on the individual incident itself, it is a good example of why drivers should be cautious on roads.

“I encourage anybody who is changing lanes, at any stage, to make sure the way is clear and not to cut any other vehicles off,” says Ian

“That sort of behaviour puts everybody at risk. Drivers need to take care.

He says police are always happy to receive driving complaints from members of the public.

“Public can report any driving complaints through *555 or by visiting any police station and we will investigate those further.”

The incident comes after a proposal to change the TEL speed limit to 110 km/h which went out for public consultation at the end of September and is now up for review.

If implemented, the new speed limit will be in operation on the tolled section of the Tauranga Eastern Link and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway before the end of 2017.


Worst Drivers

Posted on 18-11-2017 07:23 | By collydogz

I have to drive around Tauranga area all the time. We have the worst drivers in the country. They are arrogant and impatient. Incidents like this one happen all the time.There is a total disregard for others on the road and it seems that there is little policing. And you know what, did you know that indicating is optional here and the cell phone laws do not apply.

So, we should just accept it?

Posted on 17-11-2017 09:55 | By morepork

There IS bad driving and it happens all over the world. (The worst country I've experienced personally is Turkey, where roads are narrow and everything is the will of Allah...). The important thing is not to react with anger but to stay calm and drive defensively. Driving will improve when people stop being greedy and inconsiderate, so don't hold your breath... Meantime, don't be part of it and maybe if incidents like this ARE reported, Police can see a particular driver has more than their share of complaints against them, and act accordingly.


Posted on 16-11-2017 22:22 | By Capt_Kaveman

the kind of behavior the police should be looking at, but dont, so thats why so many get away with it and drive like idiots

Just Kiwis being Kiwis

Posted on 16-11-2017 18:39 | By maildrop

Hence the horrific road toll here. But then NZ also punches above its weight in the OECD in domestic abuse, child abuse and violent assault to name a few categories. Oh and smashing your head into someone else whilst foraging for a funny shaped ball. Is there a common thread?


Posted on 16-11-2017 16:52 | By whatsinaname

typical tauranga drivers


Posted on 16-11-2017 15:05 | By old trucker

Nothing wrong with this,always something and all this PC stuff,if i looked at the stuff on my Dashcam i would be horrified,and by the way its the best money can buy, i would not put this sought of stuff on computer, only if it affects me, which is hardly ever, me tinks that we all do silly things from time to time and its just the way it is, my thoughts only on this subject, where ever you go in the world, you always get a silly bugger,anyway Sunlive, you won the BEST news, Thankyou, 10-4 out. phew.

Typical Tauranga drivers

Posted on 16-11-2017 13:38 | By MaureenR

The same thing happened to be on Cameron Road this morning, they just dont care Tauranga drivers are the worst in the country, I would rather drive in Florida than here.


Posted on 16-11-2017 12:30 | By rastus

Methinks someone is having a laugh - I would get more crazy driving on my dashcam on a trip from Otumoetai into town!

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