The Motor Trade Association (MTA) has made it clear that fuel stations must be eligible for the Government’s fog cannon subsidy.
It was announced earlier this week that the Government will provide $4000 for all small shops and dairies in New Zealand who want a fog cannon installed following the recent death of a shop owner during a robbery.
“We fully support dairies and small retailers getting protection,” says MTA spokesperson Simon Bradwell.
“Fog cannons can be a useful tool to prevent crime, so we urge the Government to ensure that fuel stations, which also provide an essential service to the community and are at risk of crime, are included.
Bradwell went on to add that service stations sell a similar range of products as dairies and convenience stores like food and drinks, stating that customers often shop there solely for said items.
“What the Government needs to do is confirm that they meet the definition of shops for the subsidy.”
According to Police statistics, 22 ram raids were conducted on petrol stations, adding to the MTA’s plea for fuel station support.
“Fuel stations are often open late and can indeed be vulnerable to attack. Smaller, more remote, and independent stations, in particular, need to be able to access the subsidy,” Bradwell added.
“Their business, stock, and most importantly, their people are at risk and need protection.”
The Government announcement doesn’t make it clear if fuel stations are included in the subsidiary criteria.
A request to Police Minister Chris Hipkins’ office was made for clarity by MTA which was told that more details would be made available as soon as possible.