Road­side car sellers may be pros­e­cuted

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA DAWE

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.

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