Street window washing dangerous and illegal
The weather is getting warmer which means more people are getting out. But among those groups I have noticed embracing the sunshine are the intersection window washers.
Despite all the different cases of why they shouldn’t be on the roads, my greatest concern here is safety. You might recall last year the tragic death of a 16-yearold boy when he was hit by a car while window washing at a busy Auckland intersection. His death was a somber reminder of the dangers of this activity.
Busy intersections are highrisk environments and I wouldn’t want to see anyone in Whanga¯ rei injured or hurt.
In August last year a law was passed to classify window washing as a traffic offence. If you are found unlawfully washing car windows, you could be fined $150.
When the legislation was passed banning window washers there was an immediate reduction, and this is still the case with much fewer washers today than previously.
I asked the Minister of Justice how many window washer infringements had been served in Whanga¯rei in the past year. He replied there had been 217 infringements from 11 individuals. This is an average of nearly 20 infringements per washer.
Window washing is not only dangerous, but it’s also unlawful. Combined, these two reasons provide a serious case for why we need to end the activity.
I support a multiagency approach where the police responsibly monitor the activity, with the Ministry of Social Development being used as an avenue to assist these young people into safe and productive employment.
If you are concerned for the safety of a car window washer, please call the Whanga¯ rei Police non-urgent number on (09) 430-4500.