Clampdown on window washers
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.