Stumped over dumped cars
Cars abandoned and left illegally parked are causing headaches for residents.
And ratepayers are picking up the tab because owners do not return.
Birkdale's John White says one vehicle was abandoned outside his property on Gatman St several weeks ago and is taking up two spaces.
It has no warrant of fitness or registration, he says.
"It is illegally parked on the public highway and now has two tickets on it - one for each of the pre-mentioned items."
Mr White reported it to Auckland Transport.
But he says he was told a timeframe for towing the car was unknown.
Auckland Transport "was only too happy to repeat for me ad nauseam why this vehicle could not be towed away and why, if I parked illegally for even 30 seconds in my warranted and registered vehicle, it is legal and perfectly OK for me to be towed away.
"I did point out the disparity in having vehicles towed ... that are at least warranted and have registration paid, as opposed to someone with neither that and who has no right to be on the road."
Auckland Transport is responsible for abandoned cars. Spokesman Mark Hannan says the car has been ticketed twice and the owner has 28 days to comply.
But unless there is a safety issue cars are not automatically towed because the ratepayers pick up cost, Mr Hannan says.
Storage usually costs about $20 per vehicle a day.
"The process to legally declare a vehicle as abandoned can take a number of weeks and under the law, it cannot be removed until that process is complete, unless there is an immediate safety concern.
"If anyone expresses interest in the vehicle at any time during this process, the vehicle cannot be declared abandoned."
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