Toe the line, car sellers, or be towed
The Invercargill City Council and NZ Transport Agency are working together to address safety concerns raised by the sale of cars along Tay St.
Under a 1999 bylaw, cars for sale cannot be parked on state highways. Tay St is part of State Highway 1.
NZTA Southland area manager Peter Robinson said the bylaw was introduced to address safety issues. Although it had been in effect for years, it was only recently that public concern had grown enough to warrant further action.
"We now have enough anecdotal evidence to say that there is a safety issue."
The bylaw said the main safety concern was that people inspecting vehicles were at risk of being hit by passing traffic.
The vehicles could also block visibility at entranceways and intersections, as well as reducing the amount of roadway for cyclists.
"Vehicles breaching this bylaw can be immediately towed and stored at the owner's cost," Mr Robinson said.
"Initially a warning letter will be placed on windscreens of vehicles asking the owner to remove them immediately and the vehicle's registration recorded."
NZTA and the council had been working together to produce a letter over the past few weeks.
It was the NZTA which decided whether to remove a car.
Council roading manager Russell Pearson said the letter had not yet been finalised because he was concerned council staff would end up "chasing them [the cars that are for sale] around town."
It was hoped an alternative, safe car-sales location could be set up, he said. If that location was established, it would be included in the letter.
Sellers would be told to move their cars or else their details would be passed on to the transport agency and their cars removed, Mr Pearson said.
He had received one complaint about the cars on Tay St, which was from a car dealer.
He hoped to have finalised the plans within a couple of weeks, he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Check out what's on in your community or post an upcoming event.
Subscribe to a digital replica of The Southland Times.
Southland Times subscriber news and information.
Click here for information about advertising with The Southland Times.