31 Mar 2012

Parking camera car pulled after outcry

3:32 pm on 31 March 2012

Wellington City Council says public pressure has led it to take its unpopular parking enforcement camera car off the road.

The car, which cruised city streets photographing parking transgressions, was introduced in August 2010 to patrol and enforce parking regulations in the city.

A storm of criticism followed, with motorists claiming they were unfairly ticketed.

Some complained they were ticketed for double parking or parking on a double yellow line while waiting to perform traffic manoeuvres such as U-turns, or to accommodate other drivers.

Council infrastructure director Stavros Michael says the camera car had done good work on some real problem areas.

Those areas included targetting taxi drivers parking illegally and dangerous 'stop-and-drop' practices outside schools.

However, Mr Michael says the car has been corrosive for the council in terms of reputation.

He says the car has been withdrawn in light of the community's negative response.