Parking pests risk fine

BY ANDREA O'NEIL
Last updated 11:35 29/01/2013

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People illegally parking in the disabled car park at Cannons Creek shops risk a $150 fine and deny disabled people access to the village.

The abuse of the single park is a real problem, says Creek resident Matthew Cummings.

He frequently sees cars parked there without displaying a disability badge.

He has complained to Porirua City Council many times but the problem persists, he says.

"I approach them all the time.

"The council said they're doing their best but it isn't good enough."

Mr Cummings wants to see cars clamped when illegally parked in the disabled spot.

According to the council, the best way to stop the illegal parking is for residents to report incidents to them.

Council officers patrol the area once a week, but will increase patrols if complaints are received, says Jim Sutton, the council's environmental standards manager.

There have been no complaints in the last three months, and there were just nine in 2012, the latest in July, Mr Sutton says.

"We don't hear about it a lot."

The fine for illegally parking on disabled parks is $150, one of the highest council parking fines, Mr Sutton says.

"We have a low-tolerance policy."

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