A new bylaw has been passed banning Porirua residents from washing their cars in their driveways or in the street.
The council wants people to dob in their neighbours if they catch them flouting the law – but already many are vowing to defy it.
As they should. Washing your car in your driveway is not an unreasonable thing to do.
The stormwater bylaw was passed at a council meeting on Wednesday. It aims to improve water quality by stopping detergent and car wax running into stormwater drains, and eventually into Porirua Harbour.
I’m sorry, but there is a better solution than banning car washing on drive ways.
Residents will be forced to wash their cars over grass, or pay to use commercial car washes, which are connected to wastewater systems.
Oh, get real.
Porirua hoped other councils in the region would follow its lead. Iona Pannett, chairwoman of Wellington City Council’s environment committee, said the changes had “a lot of merit” and Wellington could one day do the same.
I hope Iona campaigns on banning car washing in your own driveway!