Posted traffic fines are just not fine
Bites, scratches, failure
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‘‘If they were scared, which they would’ve been, they would have screaming and biting. It’s actually illegal to have these as pets so they’d be difficult to sell.’’
A police spokesperson said staff were in the ‘‘very early stages’’ of an investigation and examining the enclosure. They were asking for anyone with information to ring Wellington Police on 04 381 2000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. IF you’ve had a traffic ticket turn up in the post you might have had your human rights breached, according to a Kiwi legal expert. Bill Hodge Bill Hodge, a law professor at the University of Auckland, said the fact that since April 2016 police have posted traffic tickets, rather than issuing them at the roadside, was ‘‘not acceptable’’.
This has caused problems for motorists such as Reg Jarvis, whose ticket was sent to the wrong address after he was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt in August last year.
Jarvis only became aware of the ticket when he started receiving reminder notices – later being slapped with a $30 penalty for late payment.
Police insisted he had been served with his ticket and was liable for payment.
The Land Transport Act specifies an infringement notice may be served by posting it to the person who committed the offence.
When questioned about what happened if a ticket was sent to the wrong address, police said they still considered the ticket to have been served.
Hodge said that was incorrect.
‘‘It’s just wrong to say that a person has been given notice when something has been sent to the wrong address,’’ he said.
‘‘A good lawyer would say it’s a violation of the Bill of Rights. We can’t answer something when we don’t know the charges against us.’’
Superintendent Steve Greally, national road policing manager, said drivers were responsible for confirming their address when they were pulled over.
However in a complaint to the Police Infringement Bureau Jarvis said police already had his correct address ‘‘and I confirmed it to the officer who stopped me’’.
Police later apologised to Jarvis for using the incorrect address, without providing an explanation as to how the error occurred.
Greally said the move to electronic infringement notices gave officers more time to engage with motorists.
‘‘The idea behind this is instead of concentrating on issuing the physical ticket there and then, it allows the officer to have a conversation with the person about the risks associated with their behaviour on the road,’’ he said.