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$30,000 fine for radio transmitter offences

A Nelson man, Conrad Adams, has been fined $30,000 for offences relating to use and supply of unlicensed radiocommunications equipment. The dog tracking transmitters involved, often used for pig hunting, are known to cause interference to licensed radiotelephone services. As those services commonly provide operational and safety communications for industries such as forestry, any interference presents significant risks for worker safety.

Mr Adams had previously been warned and issued with an infringement offence notice by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for selling non-compliant radio transmitters. Continued offending resulted in the Ministry laying charges under sections 113, 114, 128A, 132(2)(a), 132(2)(b) and 132(2)(c) of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 and regulation 37(1)(a)(iii) of the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001.

Judge Tompkins convicted him on all charges, with an initial sentencing indication of a $37500 fine, discounted by 20% for early plea and previous good character. The judge’s sentencing remarks noted the potential harm which could result from interference and suggested that a significant deterrent sentence was required.

Chris Brennan, the Ministry's Compliance Manager for Radio Spectrum Management, says that disregard of the licensing framework which separates radio services by frequency or location has the potential to cause serious harm to radiocommunications. “Interference from unlicensed equipment can pollute and prevent effective use of the radio spectrum resource, to the detriment of all New Zealanders. The Ministry is keen to ensure that licensed radio services can operate to their full potential for everyone’s benefit and safety. Radio users must realise the consequences of not following the rules,” he says.

Last updated 7 April 2015