Patient hit with big transport fine

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 09:25 11/10/2012
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PAY UP: Torbay’s Tom O’Gorman was ticketed for leaving his motor home parked opposite his house without a certificate of fitness or registration while he was in hospital.

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A motor home owner was fined $800 for having no certificate of fitness and registration despite being in hospital for a week with blood clots in his lungs.

Tom O'Gorman's motor home was in storage but was brought to his Torbay address so he could renew its certificate of fitness and registration the next day.

But he was hospitalised that night and stayed for a week to recover from pulmonary embolisms.

Mr O'Gorman arrived back to find two Auckland Transport tickets - $200 for failing to display registration and $600 for no COF. He wrote to the council-controlled organisation twice to explain his situation but in return received two Baycorp letters.

After the North Shore Times questioned Auckland Transport on Mr O'Gorman's case, media liaison Mark Hannan says the organisation was not made fully aware of Mr O'Gorman's medical situation. He says Auckland Transport can reconsider Mr O'Gorman's case if he sends them the right documentation.

Mr O'Gorman says he is a law-abiding citizen but is angry at being made to feel like a criminal for "a low offence".

"Eight hundred dollars is a lot of money. It's had a massive impact on my family. Money doesn't just fall out of the sky."

He paid the fines but still wants answers. What makes the situation more puzzling, he says, is another motor home that sits less than 50 metres away was also overdue but was not ticketed.

There were also two unregistered boats parked on the road less than 200 metres from his motor home and the warden would have driven past both, he says.

"This area of the North Shore is one our parking officers patrol on a regular basis," Mr Hannan says. "Eight infringement notices have been issued in the past six months to vehicles parked in this street ... so the campervan was not being targeted."

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