Wellington City Council contractor's trailer ticketed by own staff
A Wellington City Council parking warden has ticketed one of the council's own contractors, despite it carrying out legitimate traffic control work.
The contractor had parked a large traffic control sign on a trailer in a clearway in Featherston St, central Wellington, where it sat – complete with a $60 infringement ticket – for 10 days.
When Stuff asked why one arm of the council was ticketing another, and whether the $60 would be paid, a spokesman said the ticket was issued in good faith, but would now be waived because the trailer was "parked legitimately".
"It was issued in good faith because the warden looked at the trailer and thought it shouldn't be where it was," spokesman Richard MacLean said.
The trailer might have been causing some "minor congestion issues", but was parked in the best possible spot.
"The reason the trailer is parked in the clearway is because there's work going on in that road.
"The trailer has to be parked somewhere where it's visible ... we can't park it in the middle of the road, obviously."
The contractor was working on a project in the area for Wellington Water, which is partly owned by the council.
The trailer would remain in the clearway in Featherston St for as long as the project continued, which could be for a few more weeks.
"It's a drainage project, so they're obviously digging the road up to get to some pipes."
On Friday morning, the traffic control sign was off. However, MacLean said it was turned on when there were contractors on the road, or when there was machinery.
"It depends whether they're doing the work during the day, or at night."