The number of parking tickets issued in Marlborough has dropped during the past year.
The Marlborough District Council said the number had decreased by 3000 tickets from the year before, with almost 15,000 tickets issued during the year.
Parking control in Marlborough is contracted to Marlborough Roads, which then subcontracts to ADT Armourguard, which employs parking wardens.
The wardens patrol the CBD in Blenheim and Picton. They also have authority to issue tickets for vehicles with no warrant of fitness or where motor vehicle registration has expired. A period of grace of 28 days was usually given.
The council said a significant number of tickets were not enforced because drivers took the opportunity to write, email or go in to Marlborough Roads to explain their circumstances. Last year, Marlborough Roads wrote off about 1500 tickets worth about $60,000 after receiving credible explanations.
However, drivers who don't respond to their ticket within 28 days get a reminder notice and, if no action is taken, the matter is handed to the courts. That step adds an immediate $30 fee to the original fine.
Marlborough council candidate Michael Mooney surveyed retailers and parking in Blenheim and claims ADT Armourguard has an incentive programme for their wardens to write more tickets.
One suggestion was that the warden who brought in the most fines won a family trip to Fiji. ADT Armourguard declined to comment but the council denies there is any sort of incentives programme.
- The Marlborough Express