Auckland Council revenue grabbing halted

Parked illegally, but safer than parking on the road,says Helen Honey. The court agreed.

Parked illegally, but safer than parking on the road,says Helen Honey. The court agreed.

The berm wars – David vs Goliath. From pre-drawn raids to targeted revenue grabbing, the stuff that urban legends are made of.

At a recent defended hearing against Auckland Council by Pukekohe lawyers, Gold Mason Treloar, Council conceded the case against them relating to berm parking in Franklin and all berm ticket charges were dismissed.
Essentially the Council had to agree that the safety issues justified the parking practise.
In June this year, residents in the Hamilton Estate area of Waiuku said they were being targeted by Auckland Council’s parking enforcement units. One resident, Helen Honey, was adamant that parking on the verge was safer.
One local man had contacted the Post saying that parking officers had been out before dawn in one street, while Helen explained that her son and a friend both received tickets in the mail after parking on the verge in front of her property.untitled
She says, however, that it is far safer to park on the verge than on the road, although it is legal to park on the road in the area.
After the Post’s article, the partners at Gold Mason Treloar took up the case against Auckland Council, based on the fact that it was safer to park on the berm than fully on the rural road. They argued that a one size fits all policy was unreasonable in this case, and that Auckland needed to ensure that it took local conditions into consideration when applying certain rules and procedures.
Gold Mason Treloar want to thank everyone who contacted them and who sent in their tickets.
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