Do as I say, not as I do: TDC car caught
It appears the Timaru District Council has rules for itself and a different set for everybody else.
A council vehicle was snapped at the weekend, parked across a driveway in Mountainview Rd, just days after a member of the public was fined for the very same offence.
Bowker St resident Bridgette Workman contacted The Timaru Herald last week, outraged that she had been fined $40 for parking across her own driveway.
The Herald ran her story on Saturday's front page.
Mrs Workman told the Herald she was stunned when she discovered the infringement notice, which stated her car had been monitored over a three-minute period, from 11.24am until 11.27am on Monday last week.
She said she never thought it would be a problem because it was her own driveway.
Timaru District Council regulatory services group manager Chris English said the rule was in place so emergency services could get to properties if necessary.
However, an eagle-eyed member of the public spotted a council vehicle parked over a Mountainview Rd driveway on Saturday, the day the story ran. They took advantage of the situation by photographing the offending vehicle.
Mrs Workman queried who would be paying the council's fine.
"Will Janie Annear pay for this infringement, being head of the Timaru council, as what is good for the goose is good for the gander? Or is this just a new council revenue collecting scheme and turning a blind eye to their own? This council vehicle was parked there for some considerable time - more than my three minutes."
Mrs Workman said she had received numerous calls from people who had read her story.
It was one of those callers who took the photograph of the offending council vehicle, she said.
A TDC representative said last night that the council could not yet comment on the situation. It planned to look into the matter today, she said.
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