Fine heavy-handed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Last updated 13:30 13/12/2013

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An article on the front page of yesterday's paper (No more mistakes, council warns parkers) reports on some unfortunate driver who made a simple (dyslexic) mistake of entering the wrong number in a parking machine.

This resulted in a $40 parking fine. The attitude and comments of the council customer and services manager are best summed up by the saying, ''rules are made for wise men to be guided by, and fools to be abided by''.

This was a genuine mistake and should not have resulted in a heavy-handed fine.

Or maybe the attitude of this council officer is a reflection of the council's income from the new parking meter system being $600,000 below its expected income in its first year of operation.

Drivers of New Plymouth should boycott the NPDC's parking meters and use the user- pays car parks located on the one- way system near the corner of Currie St, at Centre City shopping mall or under the Warehouse.

At these places you pay only for the time you use, so if you are late back, no fine results, and they are half the cost of metered parking.

All are within a short walk of New Plymouth CBD shops and businesses. Or you could park in Oakura for free, except on the beachfront on New Year's Day when all-day parking will cost a gold coin donation, apparently.

TONY HUTCHINS

Oakura

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