Roadside car sales bylaw up for debate
There will be a period of "education" before any enforcement, if a bylaw stopping cars being parked on the side of roads for sale comes into effect.
But the new bylaw will not cover such issues as vehicles selling firewood out of a trailer.
The Timaru District Council is set to create a bylaw proposing that "no person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle on a road or other public place for the prime purpose of sale" for public consultation.
Environmental services manager Rick Catchpowle said there would be an "education period" before enforcement was considered. "It's important we give the public the chance to submit and provide their own views on various issues including this one.
"The nature of bylaws give little room to avoid issuing infringements. However, there would need to be a period of education and advice to help people get adjusted to any changes and even then, enforcement would only ever be taken as a last resort."
Already, the Timaru Herald has received a mixed response. While some felt the bylaw would prevent cars from being "dishonestly" parked on the side of the road, others felt that it prevents a legitimate way of selling vehicles.
Mr Catchpowle said several other councils had already introduced a similar bylaw. However, he said the issue of parked trailers selling firewood by the roadside was a separate trading issue.
"We could address trailers selling firewood under either as a breach of the Land Transport Act and issue a seven-day warning followed by an infringement if not moved, or a breach of the sale of goods clause of the council's bylaws, and again issue a seven-day warning followed by an infringement if not moved," Mr Catchpowle said.
"However, in both cases, information, advice, and warnings would be the initial responses."
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