Number plate recognition system leads to unwarranted parking fines

Shoppers are upset they are getting tickets after only parking for 30 minutes.
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Shoppers are upset they are getting tickets after only parking for 30 minutes.

Number plate recognition is leading to parking tickets in an Auckland mall when shoppers visit twice in one day.

Birkenhead resident Ian Squire says he has received two tickets since a 180-minute time limit was introduced at Birkenhead's Highbury Mall in May.

"I have done nothing wrong. I spend my money in my local community and I don't deserve the ticket," he said.

The new 180 minute time limit was introduced in May.
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The new 180 minute time limit was introduced in May.

"It's a $59 dollar fine each time. I feel the public need to be warned."

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Squire says he received his ticket on his second visit to the mall in one day; however, he says each visit was under half an hour.

"Mall management don't realise that people shop more than once a day."

Squire also said he fears Birkenhead shops are going to empty, if this continues.

"I don't want our village to become a ghost town. If this mall dies, say goodbye to the village" he said.

GM Marketing & Communications Sara Johnson said parking at Highbury Mall is managed by number plate recognition.

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"Sometimes when people return, it can result in a ticket as it looks they have parked for longer than three hours. "

The new 180-minute time is to stop non-shoppers parking in the centre all day, she said.

Johnson said fines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis if shoppers contact the mall with time-stamped receipts.

Squire's ticket has been rescinded on this basis.

 

 - Stuff

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