Roadside car sellers may be prosecuted
People selling their vehicles on the side of the road are being put on notice, with the Central Otago District Council confirming it is clamping down on the illegal practice. Council planning and environment manager Louise van der Voort said staff had received complaints about the increasing number of vehicles being displayed for sale, particularly along Barry Ave, in Cromwell. Selling vehicles in a public place was a breach of the council’s ‘‘Trading in Public Places bylaw’’ and could result in prosecution, Ms van der Voort said. Initially the council would try to solve the problem by taking an education approach, as many people were unaware of the bylaw, she said. Notices would be placed on the offending vehicles advising the owners of the bylaw. ‘‘If that is not successful, the council may take enforcement action. Enforcing action is prosecution,’’ Ms van der Voort said. The purpose of the bylaw was to prevent the selling of vehicles in public places from having an adverse effect on other users by occupying car parks which might otherwise be used by the public or by causing damage to public facilities such as roads, grass verges, garden areas and reserves, she said. A public place was defined as an area under the control of the territorial authority and included roads, reserves, parks and recreational grounds. Ms van der Voort said there were many ways people could sell their vehicles, including on Trade Me, by advertising in their local paper, using a car auction or through a licensed motor vehicle dealer.
Bylaw breach: Vehicles for sale in Cromwell.