Unofficial car yard not in breach of bylaw, according to AT

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Peninsula Club residents struggle to leave their driveway because of poor visibility caused by car sales.

Roadside parking of for sale vehicles continues to divide residents on the Hibiscus Coast.

The 'unofficial car yard' which stretches down one side of Whangaparaoa Road, adjacent to the Peninsula Club, has frustrated residents who struggle to see past the cars when exiting their driveway.

After publishing a story highlighting the issue on July 13, the Rodney Times has received much feedback, with some suggesting the cars are not just an inconvenience, but a breach in the law.

For sale cars line Whangaparaoa Rd outside the Peninsula Club.
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For sale cars line Whangaparaoa Rd outside the Peninsula Club.

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The bylaw in question - highlighted by readers - is found in the Auckland Council Traffic Bylaw 2015.

Section 8, paragraph 4a states: "Except with the approval of the council a person must not on any road or public place: (a) stop, stand or park a vehicle for the purpose of offering a good or service or for offering the vehicle for sale unless the vehicle is being used for day to day travel."

Residents have expressed concern about reduced visibility at the crossing due to the parked for sale cars.
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Residents have expressed concern about reduced visibility at the crossing due to the parked for sale cars.

Peninsula Club resident Peter Russell says he is "not happy at all" with comment provided by Auckland Transport's Mark Hannan in the July 13 article, stating the cars "do not cause an issue if they are parked legally and safely".

Russell believes the for sale parked cars are in breach of the traffic bylaw, as they are parked there for days.

"They've got a for sale notice up and they are parked there indefinitely, which I understand is against the bylaws," he said.

"This sort of thing happens occasionally and it's only greed on the part of the sellers. They should have proper places to sell."

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Hannan stands by his original comments, saying "if a vehicle is registered and warranted and its primary use is for travel, then it has every right to be on the road."

"This activity appears to be private individuals selling vehicles that are registered and warranted."

When asked whether this applied to for sale vehicles that are not used daily, Hannan replied that "the legal requirement is that the vehicle can be used for day to day travel".

"In the same way you or any of us can park on the street legally overnight or all week," he said.

 - Rodney Times

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