One in six fines waived
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.
It’s getting harder to get out of a ticket, Auckland Transport says.