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Tauranga parking bylaw illegal

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

A Tauranga parking bylaw that led to hundreds of tickets being issued has been found to be illegal, the district court has found.

IT company Geeks on Wheels has successfully appealed against nine parking tickets it received early last year, issued for cars displaying sign writing.

The Tauranga City Council introduced a bylaw in 2012 that forbid parking for the purpose of advertising.

"The parking bylaw (s.12.4) prohibited local businesses from parking sign-written vehicles. We thought this was silly as it served no useful purpose. What exactly were we meant to do when our vehicles were attending a job, or weren't currently required," chief executive, Matthew Carr-Comm said.

The district court ruled the purpose of the bylaw was not what had been authorised by Parliament, and was too broad in its scope.

Judge Paul Mabey awarded the company $5000 in costs.

Under the bylaw, at least 348 tickets have been wrongly issued, Geeks on Wheels said.

The council had spent almost $25,000 trying to recover $360 worth of parking fines, according to council documents provided by Geeks on Wheels.

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