One in six fines waived

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SI­MON SMITH

Thou­sands of mo­torists are get­ting off their fines in Auck­land. One in six traf­fic in­fringe­ments were for­given, ac­cord­ing to Auck­land Trans­port (AT).

The fig­ures come in the wake of calls to ditch the an­nual ve­hi­cle li­cens­ing sys­tem.

Park­ing war­dens in the coun­try’s largest city gave out about 58,000 fines in a year for not dis­play­ing a cur­rent rego, at $200 each.

Mo­torists could ap­peal to AT to waive the ticket if the rego had ex­pired within 28 days and no warn­ing had been given.

Other ways to es­cape no-rego fines in­cluded: if a ticket was is­sued within 24 hours of a warn­ing, if a ve­hi­cle did have a valid li­cence, or if a per­son had parked near a Post­shop to pur­chase their li­cence. Mo­torists who re­ceived a park­ing ticket for over-stay­ing or park­ing il­le­gally were the least likely to get off – at 8 per cent of peo­ple.

AT spokesman Mark Han­nan said when a mo­torist ap­pealed a ticket, the agency looked at the ev­i­dence pro­vided. But the per­cent­age who were get­ting off was re­duc­ing over time due to im­prove­ments in tech­nol­ogy and ev­i­dence col­lec­tion, he said. Han­nan said AT would soon im­ple­ment an on­line in­fringe­ment re­view op­tion where tick­eted mo­torists could see all ev­i­dence against them.

STUFF

It’s get­ting harder to get out of a ticket, Auck­land Trans­port says.

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