Parking Wardens

January 5th, 2010 at 11:28 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Wellington motorists have been stung with almost $10 million in fines in the past year, and some wardens have faced so much abuse that they have quit.

In the past two years, wardens have been sworn at, spat on, shouldered, grabbed, driven at in cars and menaced with a wheelbarrow.

While in no way condoning unpleasant behaviour towards people merely doing their job, I have to say I am not surprised, and people who choose to be wardens should be aware it will be a very unpopular occupation.

Take three sorts of law enforcement – general Police, traffic Police and parking wardens.

Now most people are very supportive and friendly towards the general Police. You generally have to have deliberately broken the law to have a bad encounter with them, and they put away the evil doers etc. Some bad cops of course, not generally the Police are popular and respected.

Then take the old traffic cops, now part of the Police. They were less popular because they fine you for driving you car in a prohibited way. You generally have made a deliberate decision to speed, so you know the risks, and know that 400 people a year die on the roads, so there is a need for traffic cops.

Finally one has parking wardens. Now the vast majority of people ticketed by wardens do not set out to break the law – they don’t say oh I think I will park in Queen Street all day and not pay for it. Normally it is people who just end up being delayed getting back to their car, or people who unable to find a legal park, risk a loading zone for 10 minutes as they rush to drop off a letter etc.

Hence it is no surprise than when people find they did get ticketed, they are pretty pissed, and wardens end up getting abused. Again not condoning it, but saying it is no surprise.

Ms Thessman said tickets were not aimed at generating revenue, but to ensure parking compliance. “It’s about giving everybody that opportunity to park and go about their business. If someone’s parked there all day, no-one else gets a chance to park. It’s about space turnover.”

Wellington’s large number of tickets was due to “non-compliance and bad parking behaviour”.

The city’s topography contributed to the problem, she said, as many motorists parked on footpaths in narrow streets to give other motorists more space or keep their own cars safe, blocking pedestrians in the process.


And that is part of what pisses people off – over zealous enforcement. In areas like Roseneath, it is a bloody good idea to park slightly on the footpath, as it helps prevents crashes. Motorists who do this tend to still leave lots of room on the pavement – they are using their judgement.

The other thing which annoys people is when you get ticketed for parking in front of your own garage!

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52 Responses to “Parking Wardens”

  1. nzrckstr (5 comments) says:

    I don’t have a problem getting ticketed for parking. I DO have a problem getting ticketed for expired WOF/Registration – it is nothing to do with the local council.

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  2. starboard (2,489 comments) says:

    Ms Thessman said tickets were not aimed at generating revenue, but to ensure parking compliance.

    …bullshit statement of the year…

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  3. Simon Lyall (101 comments) says:

    The other thing which annoys people is when you get ticketed for parking in front of your own garage!

    Well I get sick of having to walk around cars that are parked in front of garages, completely blocking the footpath. There are a couple of people who do this just around the corner from me and I’ve managed the resist getting them ticketed.

    I thought the point of having a garage was to put your car inside it. If you own more cars than you have parking spaces for they should be parked properly beside the street. If you own more cars than there is street parking for then perhaps your should own less cars or move.

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  4. Deborah (156 comments) says:

    Parking on the footpath means that you block access for people using mobility devices, people walking with another person for assistance, people pushing strollers and prams. It’s probably easy enough for an able-bodied person to get by, but it imposes quite a burden for people with mobility issues.

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  5. Brian Harmer (686 comments) says:

    The garage owner will be rightly irritated if someone else parks in front of the garage and expects the offender to be ticketed or even towed away. How is the hapless warden to know that the car parked in front of it belongs to the owner of the garage?

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  6. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    Colleen Thessman knows that what she says is a crock.

    It is about revenue-raising and being inflexible to get that revenue.

    Even the council’s lying in its letters when you wrote in that they had carefully considered your case.

    The truth is that so many letters are received that fewer than one in seven is read.

    I have a contact at the council who told me that it was policy (unstated) not to let anyone off.

    I wrote in once after I got ticketed because one of my daughters needed to go to the toilet as we were returning to the carpark.

    The nearest clean toilets were in the library.

    We were 10 minutes over in the park by the Michael Fowler Centre.

    I wrote in and explained this. I said she was not able to ‘hold on’ and briefly explained why. My submission was ‘given careful consideration’ (why can’t bureaucrats just say: “we thought it about it briefly”?) but I was still required to hand over $40.

    So, I have little or no sympathy for the parking wardens. If their bosses back in their nice, safe offices had shown some understanding and flexibility I might have.

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  7. Pete George (23,312 comments) says:

    Would people be less or more annoyed if car parking was not policed?

    Would those who get most annoyed with being nicked also be the most annoyed with not being able to find a park?

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  8. Neil (572 comments) says:

    I’m afraid David I have no sympathy for you.
    As a member of a TLA we pay wardens to do that job.They don’t do that to get a sun tan or win a popularity contest !!!! If you don’t like it protest to the TLA and when you get nowhere stand against parking charges in the next local government elections. People know they may get delayed- they take the risk doing that particular task in a certain time.
    In our local TLA about four years ago one of our ***** councillors complained about parking meters/meter wardens disrupting shopping in our town,So we had an experiment for a month without any meter usage.
    Result
    The shopkeepers parked their own vehicles in front of the shops. Result, poorer patronage by shoppers.
    If you want to park for a longer period, park in a parking building or in our case, further away from the CBD.A bit of walking does no one any harm. In our town people will move down two parks to be able to park in front of the shop they want to visit.
    It is a simple matter of keeping shopping areas open for all the public.Be reasonable. A bit like all day parking in a supermarket car park- you are trespassing.
    As for nzrckstr I have no sympathy either because you are breaking the law as well. Many a crime has been avoided by vigilant observation of parking wardens.

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  9. Jenna R (27 comments) says:

    “Wellington’s large number of tickets was due to “non-compliance and bad parking behaviour”.”

    Uh-huh… nothing to do with the ever-dwindling number of parking spaces in the central city

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  10. MikeE (555 comments) says:

    My favorite was the prick of a parking warden who tried to get me towed out of my friends driveway on private property while I was at her place.

    Then, to make it more interesting the so called ticket he wrote had a road about 2km away as the location.

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  11. OTGO (523 comments) says:

    “Wellington motorists have been stung with almost $10 million in parking fines in the past year”

    Thats quite a public transport subsidy.

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  12. black paul (124 comments) says:

    I reckon a lot of the parking problem is that everyone thinks their important business is more important than everyone elses important business. We all have heaps of little missions to do and we all think our 5 minutes isnt going to hurt anyone or make a difference but add them all up…

    One idea that occurs:
    More “loading zone” type parking but that everyone can use. STRICTLY 5 minutes or 10 minutes or whatever its marked as and STRICTLY enforced by large fines and towing.

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  13. 2boyz (255 comments) says:

    I have heard that the wardens work on commission, if that’s true and the way they hand tickets out it’s hard to imagine it isn’t. Of course they are going to go gangbusters to ticket as much as they can. Like most Wellingtonians I hate them with a passion.

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  14. wreck1080 (3,801 comments) says:

    I parked my car at Mt Maunganui, in one of those double length boat parks. Was doing a bit of work through my wireless card on my laptop, more pleasant than the office.

    There were about 20 parks, and only 2 were in use so I thought sweet i’ll just move if they start to fill up.

    Wanker parking nazi comes along and taps on my windows and tells me to clear off. I point out the 18 free parks, and explain that I will move if necessary. Wanker parking nazi proclaims in a loud voice, “IT DOES NOT WORK THAT Way, MOVE!”.

    Parking wardens have themselves to blame for public hatred. THis guy was a real prick with no balls to show a little discretion.

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  15. dion (95 comments) says:

    I’d love to know what “menaced with a wheelbarrow” means.

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  16. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    You either enforce the parking rules or there wouldn’t be any spaces available as they’d all be full of cars flouting the rules.

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  17. Countess (157 comments) says:

    So much stupidty , so little time – where do I start.

    One . You cant give the PW any discretion otherwise they will use it unevenly. Thats why you write in.
    Two. You are either breaking the law – or you arent. Live with that, so that discretion is only used minimally.
    THREE 95% of ordinary people accept this , 10% of kiwiblog readers accept this. Go figure
    BTW I thought DPF didnt drive let alone park. So he has internalised ‘others hatred’?

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  18. MT_Tinman (3,043 comments) says:

    I’m sure parking wardens have their uses.

    I’ve just never figured out what those uses are or, for that matter, why councils employ low-life scum on a power trip to do the job.

    I do however wish to take issue with a couple of your other comments DPF;

    Now most people are very supportive and friendly towards the general Police. You generally have to have deliberately broken the law to have a bad encounter with them, and they put away the evil doers etc. Some bad cops of course, not generally the Police are popular and respected.

    This was once the case but it is no longer so. The laziness and ignorance of the average cop, coupled with the political point-scoring of their bosses has eroded respect in this force and ensured that many who have not broken any law have had “bad encounters” with them.

    Then take the old traffic cops, now part of the Police. They were less popular because they fine you for driving you car in a prohibited way. You generally have made a deliberate decision to speed, so you know the risks, and know that 400 people a year die on the roads, so there is a need for traffic cops.

    Wrong!

    Completely wrong. In fact I doubt any thinking person could come up with a single sensible reason for the existence of this force.

    Certainly there was no increase in road deaths when it was abolished, the reverse in fact being true with a noticable decrease.

    Add to that the fact that this force, exactly like the parking thieves of today, was peopled by power mad, nazi-like, communist inspired scum who’s sole aim was to inhibit any form of enjoyment of travel within the country.

    Many tests in many countries have shown that less road policing means less road mayhem.

    It is not hard to see why.

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  19. MT_Tinman (3,043 comments) says:

    Countess (95) Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    So much stupidty , so little time – where do I start.

    You could have started by not adding to that stupidity.

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  20. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    …why councils employ low-life scum on a power trip to do the job.

    Yeah, they should be on Kiwiblog writing brilliant stuff like that.

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  21. Grendel (972 comments) says:

    most wardens are scum.

    i have seen them make up rules on the spot so they can mess with you, lie, get aggressive etc.

    having known some wardens, whats interesting is that the longer they do the job the more and more they start to look like weasels. they start out normal looking, and then get shiftier and more weaselly as time goes by.

    i know of one guy who used to try and incite people to have a go at him if they were carrying a cup of coffee. he would wind them up until they threw it at him, and then get them arrested becuase he would get half of the fine personally.

    no wonder the most common thing yelled at them, is get a real job.

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  22. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    i know of one guy who used to try and incite people to have a go at him if they were carrying a cup of coffee. he would wind them up until they threw it at him, and then get them arrested becuase he would get half of the fine personally.

    That’s terrible. Those poor helpless motorists, being manipulated by the clever scummy warden into throwing a cup of hot coffee onto someone doing their job.

    no wonder the most common thing yelled at them, is get a real job.

    Is that what you most commonly yell?

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  23. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    What is it with the chalking of the tyres? I have seen them chalking the tyres of every car on a street, inlcuding the one that just parked as they were standing there.

    Also, if fines were not about revenue then why do Wellington City Council ticket people for displaying a pay and display ticket from a pay station that happens to be around the corner from where you are parked and not from the one allocated to that parking ‘zone’ which may be further away?

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  24. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    most wardens are scum.

    Many years ago I bonked a parking warden. She was surly, grumpy and no Lovely Rita. In her favour she was good in the sack.

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  25. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    “Ms Thessman said tickets were not aimed at generating revenue”

    Cough, Cough, *Bullshit*, Cough, Cough

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  26. voice of reason (491 comments) says:

    “Grendel (87) Says:

    January 5th, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    most wardens are scum….
    having known some wardens, ….
    i know of one guy who used to try and incite people to have a go
    at him…. and then get them arrested becuase he would get half of
    the fine personally.”

    So did you report this guy to the Police?

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  27. scanner (340 comments) says:

    But Brian, were you ticketed for parking a single car in a two car space?

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  28. Grendel (972 comments) says:

    Voice of reason, its hearsay. i tell the cops that this is what he said, he denies it, whats the point? what i did was make sure i never hung around with theguy and that he had no idea what my car was.

    don;t be a dick malcolm. there is a difference between doing your job, and doing it properly. giving someone a ticket as they are walking to their car with their new ticket, and then telling them to stop being a wanker when the person tries to reason with them is not doing their job.

    when you are dealing with an undereducated, under intelligent civil servant who knows they have absolute authority for their revenue generation, its no wonder people get angry and lose it at them when they are being obstinate as they have no need to be reasonable.

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  29. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    But Brian, were you ticketed for parking a single car in a two car space?

    I think it was for blocking a loading zone.

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  30. scanner (340 comments) says:

    Is that because the back wheels were still hanging out into the roadway?

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  31. scrubone (3,082 comments) says:

    I’ve always considered that it’s my fault if I fail to live within the rules and get fined.

    That is, until I got a ticket for parking in a “driveway” – a space that hadn’t been and wouldn’t be used as a driveway for years and was marked for parking.

    I made this point to the council and they just gave me the brush off. I’m now in the “parking wardens are scum” category”.

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  32. ctd (1 comment) says:

    Get over it people. Revenue collecting? if you park illegally , YOU make that choice, therefore you choose to profide the revenue.I will type slower now to let that sink into your brains. As somone in a wheelchair i am constantly impeded by vehicles illegally parked outside their own garages, on footpaths, in mobility parks, I have heard all the excuses. from my point of view there is not enough enforcement. Heres a rub, central govt(bless them) legislate that private business owners must provide a proportionate number of mobility parks, but no enforcement is compelled upon them, therefore we have more “yellow paint syndrome” Gee heres a thought , get on the govt’s caes to make the roads wider, we dont ride horses on them anymore, make it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and ample room to park your car. As a final note condolensces to the German tourist(19), and her family, killed on a cycling tour of NZ. BETTER ROADS, BETTER ENFORCEMENT

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  33. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    Is that because the back wheels were still hanging out into the roadway?

    :)

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  34. Swiftman the infidel (329 comments) says:

    Sent to the North Shore City Council:

    Dear Sir,

    Re: Child Abduction Attempt by a North Shore City Parking Warden and a Tow Truck Operator

    On Tuesday 15 December 2009 at approximately 5.00 pm I was walking home past the Milford shops on Kitchener Road when I observed a car in the process of being towed away.

    I observed a girl of approximately 3 years of age sitting in the back seat.

    I immediately informed the parking warden (who was sitting in his North Shore City vehicle) that there was a child in the car about to be towed. The warden ignored my plea for his intervention. I then insisted that he intervene and I was again ignored.

    I then approached the tow truck operator and insisted that he desist from towing the vehicle away. The tow truck driver also ignored me and continued the process of towing the car away.

    The girl was by this stage quite distraught.

    At this point the child’s mother rushed out from Carnival Costume hire, crossed the road, and retrieved the child from her car.

    The mother’s phone number is available from the staff at Carnival Costume Hire.

    It is most likely that written confirmation of my experience can be obtained by comparing the parking wardens ticket book against the towing records (there will be the record of a ticket but no record of a towage).

    I an happy to meet with staff of the North Shore Council and also to sign a statutory declaration with respect to this incident.

    Best wishes,

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  35. Grizz (538 comments) says:

    “Many years ago I bonked a parking warden. She was surly, grumpy and no Lovely Rita. In her favour she was good in the sack.”

    Brian, after this, did she ticket you a fine for parking your car in someone else’s garage?

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  36. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    What is it with the chalking of the tyres? I have seen them chalking the tyres of every car on a street, inlcuding the one that just parked as they were standing there.

    I know it’s complicated Brian. But they use chalk to MARK the tyres. That way when they come back in one hour, they know that you’ve been there over one hour.

    Then for the important people in the P60, who think they’ll just take the risk stay shopping a little longer, they get a ticket.

    For someone who thinks he’s better than a parking warden, you sure don’t understand their job!

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  37. eszett (2,368 comments) says:

    TripeWryter (210) Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Colleen Thessman knows that what she says is a crock.

    It is about revenue-raising and being inflexible to get that revenue.

    Even the council’s lying in its letters when you wrote in that they had carefully considered your case.

    The truth is that so many letters are received that fewer than one in seven is read.

    I have a contact at the council who told me that it was policy (unstated) not to let anyone off.

    I cannot say that for Auckland City Council. I got off two tickets last year, one where I placed the parking receipt upside down ($40) and one where new my rego slipped under the old one. ($200). In both cases the council did waive the fine after I wrote in to them. They certainly did not have to, especially in the latter case.

    I guess it’s also a matter of how you write in.

    As for the revenue gathering exercise, so the council makes money of the people who don’t follow the rules. I would have thought that appeals to all you “law and order” people.

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  38. Rex Widerstrom (5,328 comments) says:

    Jenna R notes:

    “Wellington’s large number of tickets was due to “non-compliance and bad parking behaviour”.”

    Uh-huh… nothing to do with the ever-dwindling number of parking spaces in the central city

    Exactly, As I said yesterday on the GD, if a Council is handing out a vast number of parking tickets then clearly it is symptomatic of it not providing people with enough parking spaces. There’s an easy fix: government needs to impose a quota, based on various variables, which, if exceeded by a Council imposes upon it the obligation to create a certain additional number of parking spaces.

    I’m happy to pay to park for as long as I need to go about my business, so usually park in one of those “pay when you leave” buildings with no time limit. But if that parking does not exist or is not nearby and I am forced to use a meter which grants me inadequate time to conduct that business (especially if it’s outside of my control, like visiting a doctor, dentist or the drones at the local council), then there’s no way in hell I’m paying a fine.

    As an aside, those who’ve mentioned above appealing to the Council and being refused should take it to court. I defended $900 worth of tickets (which would have been significantly more with court costs) from Perth City Council a few years back and walked away without paying a cent. I was, however, still annoyed – since I defended myself the Magistrate refused to grant costs against the council, saying I didn’t have any… despite my being self-employed.

    Still, the spluttering rage from the Council’s full time, legally qualified prosecutor (for a council which, despite it’s name, has jurisdiction over only a small area of CBD) was worth the lost income, and then some.

    Oh, and Brian Smaller? That’s sleeping with the enemy, which amounts to treason. Unless you were… err… pumping her for information on how to avoid fines :-P

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  39. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    Eszett:

    I wouldn’t have minded if I had been dilatory and careless. I’ve been there, too, and I pay up without complaint.

    But I had a reason for being late back to the car.

    My children and I had started to return in plenty of time, but my older daughter suddenly needed to go to a toilet.

    The BNZ Centre in Wellington did not have them, and a couple of shops I tried weren’t willing to let her use theirs, and another that did was filthy; she would not go in there.

    The library had clean toilets, so she went there.

    That’s what I explained to the city council’s parking enforcement people and that’s why I asked them for some understanding.

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  40. eszett (2,368 comments) says:

    @ TypeWryter,

    sorry, I did not mean to be unsympathetic to your problem, I can understand where you are coming from.

    All I was trying to say it does happen that the council will waive a fine. I guess I was lucky that in my cases I had prove that I had actually bought a ticket and had actually bought a rego, but failed to display it properly.

    On the other hand, I guess, the council get’s heaps of letters like that, it’s hard for them to determine what is true and what is not. Maybe AKL City Council is more lenient than WLG. Maybe you just had bad luck and got to someone with a bad day.

    But it the end, it’s one of those little annoyances in life that I don’t think it’s worth getting all upset about, IMHO.
    I usually pay on the last day after the first warning (which is then two months down the line) and by that time I’m well over it. :-)

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  41. fisho (17 comments) says:

    We all love to hate them, but I do feel sorry for the poor old parking wardens. They’re only carrying out their employers policy, and even though they do choose to do the job, beggars can’t be choosers in this day and age. True to form, their bosses manage to stay well clear of all the flack.

    Can someone answer this for me pertaining to pay-and-display parking. If I “lease” a park from the council for 2 hours, and vacate it after 1 hour (because I’ve allowed extra time for being held up, kid maybe needing toilet etc, but wasn’t…), surely I still own the lease on that park for another hour. How can they charge someone else to use that park until the extra hour is up?

    At least with the old style meters you could utilise the remaining time on a meter, and add to it if required. I understand some NON-pay-and-display meters reset when the vehicle leaves the space as well. It’d be interesting to know how much councils make each year via this double charging, and the legality of it.

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  42. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    “What is it with the chalking of the tyres? I have seen them chalking the tyres of every car on a street, inlcuding the one that just parked as they were standing there.”

    It also catches out meter re-feeders – as the limit is two hours then you must move your car and not just top up the meter.

    I always appreciate the wardens, they keep the clearways free of cars for peak time on major roads. As much as I detest getting tickets, there is nothing more irritating than someone who thinks they can inconvenience hundreds of other road users just to get a good parking spot. Especially the matrons who all park on the Featherston Street clearway every Kirks sale opening day.

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  43. peterwn (3,211 comments) says:

    TripeWryter – Your story does not stack up. Ten minutes overparking results in a $12 ticket, not a $40 ticket. Seems you never paid and displayed to start with, this is what gets a $40 ticket.

    DPF ‘… and people who choose to be wardens should be aware it will be a very unpopular occupation.’ Some people may choose to run polling companies, others may choose to be lawyers or accountants, but the typical candidate for a parking warden’s job may have little choice – warden or dole, and if the dole even that may be stopped if the beneficiary does not make a reasonable attempt at the interview. Anyway, a person who is a parking warden for 3 – 4 years is probably quite well placed to get a higher paying job.

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  44. Seán (397 comments) says:

    I read a few years ago that Wellington has by far the highest number of tickets issued per head of poulation. or maybe it was $ fined per head, or maybe both. So the fact this this still seems the case today indicates that is not about merely compliance and changing parking behaviour but indeed about generating revenue. Ms Thessman is likely then a liar, though it would take some guts to stand up and say it was all about generating revenue. Who ever said the truth was easy?

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  45. Komata (1,142 comments) says:

    A bit late in entering the discussion, I wonder if perhaps it depends on the council – and the warden?

    I’ve had two instances of contact with the Hamilton City Council parking wardens where, due to situations outside my control I was within seconds (literally) of getting a ticket and, in one case of being ‘towed-away’ and impounded. I don’t know if it was the sight of a middle-aged male attempting to run down a crowded city street that influenced the decisions, but in both cases, once they understood the circumstances, I was wished a happy day, and allowed to drive off – sans ticket!! I was, understandably, somewhat appreciative.

    As I said, perhaps it’s the council – and the person?

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  46. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    Tristan said:

    For someone who thinks he’s better than a parking warden, you sure don’t understand their job!

    Where in this thread did I say I was better than a parking warden. All I said was that I bonked one once. Tristan – are you married to the one I mentioned?

    Perhaps you can tell me why I have seen them walking down Featherston St in Wellington chalking tyres in pay and display zone. Doesn’t make sense.

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  47. jaybkay (1 comment) says:

    “It’s not about revenue collection”

    Yes it is. Christchurch pulls in $8,000,000 a year from such tickets, including a certain amount from no rego or warrant which is only about revenue. Parking wardens don’t get commission, and they don’t have a quota – however they do have a performance target!…….47 tickets a day. Fall short to often and you will called in for retraining.

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  48. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    TripeWryter – Your story does not stack up. Ten minutes overparking results in a $12 ticket, not a $40 ticket. Seems you never paid and displayed to start with, this is what gets a $40 ticket.

    Peterwn: I assure you it was $40, and I was 10 minutes over. I kept the receipt for a good many years.

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  49. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    Interestingly here in Dunedin where I live [SH87] the council has marked areas so that cars can be parked clear of the marked road with some of the car on the footpath.

    With a record of five parking tickets in sixty years of driving, all due to carelessness on my part in not thinking/following the rules, I credit it much to choosing a sensible vehicle to own … ie. a scooter which most of the time is permitted to park for free … instead of a single person driving a four wheeled/seated vehicle which has to be parked blocking a road somewhere 24/7.

    The other creed that I share with my wife and probably other sensible people is that I object to paying parking fines, got better things to waste my money one, so I make sure I used to pay the 20c or a dollar or two to cover more time than I will need. Of course these days I am rewarded with largely free parking in the city because I am over 75yo, though again there are time limits which I am careful not to exceed … to me all this is common sense … something so many people don’t seem to have with their ME ME MEEEEEEEE! attitude to life.

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  50. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    jaybkay …. I thought that some Wellington wardens had been found to be making their own commission?

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  51. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    jcuknz – Wasn’t that a few years ago when th old mechanical parking metres were in place – a couple of them were stealing cash. Then went and brought a BMW or something with 20c pieces?

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  52. peterwn (3,211 comments) says:

    Brian – they were not parking wardens. The council hired two middle aged+ geezers to empty the meters, which they did into a contraption like a golf trundler. They then counted up the cash at the council offices ready for banking then went home. They removed as many coins as would fit in their spectacle cases. When meter were adapted to take ‘gold’ coins – that was a gift from heaven – they could take out a much larger sum. Someone got suspicious and a hidden camera was installed. The council then gave Armourguard a contract to empty the meters and subsequently contracted the warden services to Armourguard.

    TripeWryter – Does your receipt list the specific infringement? The fees are set by the Government – $12 for parking over time, $15 if more than two hours, $40 for failure to pay and display, $60 or so for parking where you should not – this in recognition that such parking may create a hazard for other road users. You do not get a $40 ticket for being merely 10 minutes over time.

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