Parking wardens issue fewer notices

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 20/08/2013

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A man became so angry after receiving a ticket for no warrant of fitness or registration he started wrecking his own car on the side of an Invercargill street.

Invercargill City Council compliance manager Debbie McCallum said this was one of the quirkiest incidents witnessed by an Invercargill City Council parking compliance officer in the city.

After receiving the ticket, the man kicked his car, broke a window and pulled the wipers off before getting into his car and leaving a large black tyre mark down the street, she said.

The number of parking tickets issued by the Invercargill City Council has dropped in the past year along with tickets for no warrant of fitness and registration.

Council parking wardens issued 12,095 tickets between January 1 and July 31 this year, down from 14,310 at the same time last year.

Of those, 598 were for vehicles not displaying a current warrant of fitness, down from 719 last year.

The figures also show 960 tickets were issued for failing to display a current registration label, down

from 1026 last year. The value of infringements also dropped, from $552,410 in the first half of last year, to $476,141 this year.

Ms McCallum said one of the reasons for the decline in ticket numbers was the fewer enforcement staff on the road during the past few months.

She hoped to be fully staffed going into next month.

The money collected from parking tickets went into the department's general account.

The council was required to pay a 50 per cent levy to the Crown in respect to infringements paid for warrant and registration, she said.

Not all infringements were paid because the law gave defendants the right to make a submission for waiver, she said.

The Invercargill City Council website says recipients have 28 days to pay or submit a written explanation to the council.

If a parking ticket remains unpaid it is lodged with the Ministry of Justice and a further court cost is added.

If the fine still remains unpaid the court is required to take action and a further court cost will be added.

Enforcement action can be taken and can include wheel clamping a vehicle, seizing property, or making compulsory deductions from income or a bank account.

NZ Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland said it was encouraging that more car owners appeared to be meeting their warrant of fitness and registration obligations.

"From a road safety perspective, it's pleasing to see more people have current warrants of fitness on their vehicles which helps make our roads safer for everyone." 

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INFRINGEMENT COSTS

Failing to display a current warrant of fitness $200

Failing to display a registration label $200

Obscured or indistinguishable registration label $200

Obscured or indistinguishable registration plate $200

Failing to display registration plates $200

No certificate of fitness – commercial vehicle $600

Parking tickets vary from $12 to $42

Parking in a disability park $150

Parking within six metres of an intersection $60

Inconsiderate parking $60

Parked facing the wrong way $40

Operated vehicle with a damaged tyre $150

Source: Invercargill City Council (Compliance)

- The Southland Times

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