Clam­p­down on win­dow wash­ers

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Win­dow wash­ers will be un­der in­tense scru­tiny as the city cracks down and aims to pros­e­cute re­peat of­fend­ers.

Those found to be in breach of the Pub­lic Safety and Nui­sance By­law can now be fined up to $20,000 by the courts.

The by­law came into ef­fect six months ago and was de­signed to pro­tect the pub­lic from nui­sance.

But after tak­ing a grad­u­ated en­force­ment ap­proach Auck­land Coun­cil is tak­ing a harder line.

By­laws and com­pli­ance man­ager Max Wilde says staff fo­cused on ed­u­ca­tion of of­fend­ers and vol­un­tary pli­ance.

‘‘How­ever this has not de­terred peo­ple win­dow wash­ing in an un­safe way, which makes driv­ers feel un­com­fort­able and even threat­ened.’’

The coun­cil is work­ing closely with po­lice to ad­dress win­dow washer hotspots around the re­gion.

The by­law is there to make sure the pub­lic feel safe with­out be­ing dis­turbed or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing of­fen­sive be­hav­iour, Wilde says.

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