David Marsh is all revved up over getting a ticket for parking a car in a motorcycle park despite the car in question being, in actual fact, a motorcycle.
Mr Marsh, of Atawhai, was completing his weekly ritual of parking his three-wheel 1959 BMW Isetta in Montgomery Square to attend the Farmers Market, when he was shocked to find he received a ticket of $40 for allegedly parking a car in a motorcycle park.
But, his registration clearly states it is a motorcycle and not a car.
The 1959 BMW Isetta has three wheels and not four, unlike the second Isetta vehicle that is owned by a Tahunanui resident.
It also does not have a license plate like all motorcycles, and has a registration number of five letters, not six.
"This is just so stupid. It is quite clearly not a car; it has no seat belts, airbags or anything," he said.
When he brought the 1959 BMW over to New Zealand from the UK four years ago, he went to great lengths to acquire a vehicle registration.
The NZ Transport Agency took weeks to come to the conclusion that the vehicle was in fact a motorcycle and not a car, he said.
The cars were first manufactured for people who had motorbike licenses because seldom did people have car licenses during the fifties, he said.
He thought about the prospect that parking wardens would mistake his beloved motorbike for a car so he approached the Nelson City Council.
They told him that if a mistake was to occur, he ought to rip up any ticket.
This was not even possible, he said.
"The tickets are bloody plastic."
When he first approached the council on Monday he was "fobbed off" by numerous council staff and told those in charge were unavailable.
"It is bad enough people are being issued tickets for parking illegally but legally - that is an entirely different story.
"The council is just wasting everyone's time, energy and money."
Since the incident, the council has contacted Mr Marsh and apologised for the mistake, saying the fault was the result of a "lack of training".
Mr Marsh suggested the council give him a special exemption sign to prevent further instances like this happening again. They did not seem too enthralled by the idea, he said.
"That would be too sensible for them to consider," he said.
He was also disappointed it took a day-and-a-half to get back to him.
Mayor Rachel Reese said as far as she was aware the ticket was issued in good faith and once the clarification was made, the council was more than happy to cancel the ticket. The parking officers met each week and the issue would be raised so that a similar situation did not arise again.
The officers dealt with the situation as quickly and as timely as possible, she said.
"I'm quite comfortable with the timeliness of the response. Hopefully that is all sorted and I have learned something new about cars this week," she said.
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