The Government has put a stop to interest-free welfare loans for drunk or dangerous drivers.
Acting Social Development Minister Judith Collins said today some disqualified drivers who had applied to the courts for a temporary driving licence had been given a loan by Work and Income to meet their costs.
"The current policy on this is very clear," she said.
"Anyone who loses their licence due to a driving offence should not expect to be given taxpayer money to apply for a temporary one."
This issue arose over the weekend; by Tuesday afternoon the acting Minister has acted decisively and shut it down, in what seems to be an eminently sensible decision.
And not only has this affair given Judith Collins the opportunity to look decisive; it's also given her a platform for a memorable quote - read on:
Ms Collins said there might be exceptional circumstances where assistance would be granted, but approval would now have to come from the head of Work and Income.
"Driving is a privilege not a right. If you lose your licence because you have broken the law, be prepared to take the bus," she said.
And so say all of us! Well done Judith Collins.