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MP wants instant fines for window washers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/06/2016

An MP wants the police to be able to slap instant $150 fines on window washers and he's drafted a bill giving them authority to do it.

National's Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross says Auckland Council is doing its best but prosecutions are costly and take time.

"Police want to do something but they don't have the tools," he said on Newshub's Paul Henry Show on Thursday.

"Giving police the ability to do an instant fine and an infringement notice means they can target them as often as they want, very quickly."

Under council by-laws it's an offence to window wash at intersections in an unsafe and intimidating manner.

The problem is rife in Auckland where 132 people have been charged and there have been 71 prosecutions.

Mr Ross says his constituents are being targeted all the time by window washers.

"They're unsafe, they're a hazard and they intimidate people," he said.

His member's bill will go in the ballot box, where about 70 others are waiting to be drawn.

Some have been there for years, and Mr Ross hopes his can be fast-tracked.

That would happen if the government picks it up and puts it on parliament's agenda.

He's talking to ministers.

Last month a man was hospitalised with a head wound after being attacked by window washers at an Auckland intersection.

Police arrested one of them and he's been charged.

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