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On TV One 6.00 news a story on the Far North District Council having their traffic wardens issue $200 infringement notices for vehicles failing to display current registration stickers and/or current warrants of fitness. Yes, unregistered/unwarranted vehicles are the norm in the Far North, particularly in Kaikohe, where TV One filmed the segment, and yes, action is needed to get these vehicles off the road.

But enforcement action is clearly the job of the Police, trained, paid and mandated to carry this out. Not traffic wardens who could be putting themselves at risk of harm by upset ferals.

Yes, I know the Police don’t see this as a priority but we’re getting into really dangerous territory when action like this is seen as the answer when the real answer is for the Police to do the job they are trained, paid and mandated to do.

New Zealand, the way you’ve got it.

Written by The Veteran

July 4, 2021 at 10:37 pm

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  1. In Lower Hutt parking wardens also issue $200 infringement notices for expired registrations.


    July 5, 2021 at 7:57 am

    • Same in Auckland. Over the years I’ve been done once for an expired WOF in Pakuranga, and then for an “incorrectly displayed registration” in St Heliers (the damned thing had peeled off the window while it was parked).

      But those places would be a lot safer for a Parking Warden than the Far North.

      Tom Hunter

      July 5, 2021 at 8:23 am

  2. It is the police’s job to ensure the parking wardens have a safe environment to carry out their duties.

    Even in the far north.

    MT Tinman

    July 5, 2021 at 9:21 am

  3. A relevant question is just how many of these infringement notices are actually paid? And if the car is not registered how does the Council follow up?

    Max Ritchie

    July 5, 2021 at 10:00 am

    • Max … dunno the answer to the first but dollars to donuts the answer to the second is … what follow up. If a feral won’t pay for his/her regn/wof then one suspects the infringement notice pymt will be treated with the same contempt.

      I find it fascinating that some here don’t see traffic wardens doing the Police job as an issue. The libertarian side of me would disagree with that.

      The Veteran

      July 5, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    • I find it fascinating that some here don’t see traffic wardens doing the Police job as an issue. The libertarian side of me would disagree with that.

      What part of which authoritarian issues the fine upsets your “libertarian” sensibilities? Did you, perchance, mean your libatious sensibilities?

      How would you have the Police do a better job than council wardens? Do you want police foot patrolling and checking every car, or should there be mass roadblocks?

      Council wardens seems to be the most efficient way.

      Little Dorrit

      July 5, 2021 at 11:08 pm

  4. Far North District Council parking wardens have long been authorised to issue tickets to owners of parked cars not displaying a current Warrant of Fitness or registration, but until now it’s an option they haven’t used. .


    July 5, 2021 at 10:17 am

  5. As far as I know parking enforcement personnel have been issuing Infringement notices for expired WOFs and Registrations forever.

    Nothing new here – it gets dead cars off the street


    July 5, 2021 at 10:37 am

    • Andrei … pray tell just how the issuing of an infringement notice gets ‘dead cars’ off the road?

      The Veteran

      July 5, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    • I guess you don’t frequent low socio economic areas where the houses don’t have off street parking.


      July 5, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    • Andrei I doubt you frequent Great Barrier Island or the roads around Rakatau where dead cars proliferate.


      July 5, 2021 at 3:54 pm

  6. Seems councils made by laws on this a number of years ago.
    Police don’t police freedom cmping because it’s a by laew. Interesting to see where this new bill is going to end up.


    July 5, 2021 at 10:37 am

  7. Andrei … totally bemused by your 3.44 comment. We’re talking about the towns CBD … traffic wardens arn’t employed to cover low socio-economic residential areas where tar and feathers await.

    The Veteran

    July 5, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    • Adolf
      we all know in deep rural NZ there are many unregistered, unwarranted vehicles serving as farm hacks and that these from time to time stray onto public roads \

      It works like this, the urban poor who have nowhere to park their vehicles but the street are in a bit of a bind when their car gives up the ghost and such cars can sit deteriorating on the street for months.

      However the registration system works like this, you have to physically deregister your car and until you do this you are liable for the registration fee. That means even if the car is dead and you are not driving it the registration fees continue to accumulate until such time as you return the plates and deregister it

      My daughter left her car in my garage and after two years asked me to sell it, I ended up having to pay 15 months overdue registration on it as well as the fee for six months for the current registration – pissed me off

      And the little cardy wearing “more than me jobsworth”</> clerk in the AA got heavy about it, threatened me debt collectors if I didn’t pay because the effing thing was registered in my name, I don’t exactly know how it works now, this incident more than a decade ago now and online registration has proably turned cardy wearing clerks into cube workers in headsets

      There is a mechanism to put registration on hold – that’s for the middle class who might be going overseas for a year and have their car in storage or for those who have a vehicle they only use in the summer months, things like that

      But that means if there is a dead car on your street that pisses you off a call to the council will create a major financial headaches for the registered owner who will become hopefully highly motivated to remove it and deregister it


      July 6, 2021 at 5:55 am

  8. Andrei

    There are few, if any, farms on Great Barrier or at Rakatau. Lotsa Maoris, though.

    Might pay you to stop digging.


    July 6, 2021 at 12:03 pm

  9. LD … your libatious jibe is pathetic and defines you to a ‘T’.

    Andrei … you’re talking about ‘dead’ cars. I’m talking about live machines and not the farm hack which you have injected as a distraction from the thrust of the post. Traffic wardens don’t ‘do’ rural NZL. Their remit is confined to a towns CBD … but you know that. The Police are mandated to keep our roads safe and that includes ensuring vehicles using the public highway are both registered and wof certified.

    I would have thought there was a rather obvious H&S issue in having traffic wardens carry out this task but clearly for many of you the thought of a traffic warden being dealt to by a feral is a bit of a joke.

    The Veteran

    July 6, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    • I don’t know Veteran – in most of NZL traffic wardens have been issuing citations for expired registrations and WOFs for many years

      Its not a new thing

      And Parking Wardens are not the most popular or admired people in our society – though Paul McCartney apparently found one to be somewhat attractive back in the day


      I don’t care about Great Barrier where they don’t have parking wardens or parking problems probably – I merely commented about parking enforcement people ticketing unrequested and/or unwarranted vehicles that clutter the streets in urban environments and how this incentivises their removal


      July 6, 2021 at 1:34 pm

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