A bill that targets car window washers who intimidate motorists has passed its first reading in Parliament.
Drafted by National's Jamie-Lee Ross, the bill creates an infringement regime which makes it easier for police to deal with window washers who behave in an unsafe or intimidating manner, or who cause a nuisance.
During the debate on Wednesday, several MPs spoke about their experiences with aggressive window washers and said the police needed explicit powers to deal with them.
Others said the young men were desperate to earn a living and cracking down hard on them would be unfair.
The bill passed its first reading by 93 votes to 28.
National, Labour, ACT and United Future supported it.
The Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party opposed it.
It has been sent to a select committee for public submissions.