Window washers could be stung with $150 spot fines under a new bill which passed its first reading in Parliament on Wednesday.
The bill submitted by National MP Jami-Lee Ross’, has support from National and Labour.
Ross wants windscreen washing at intersections to be made illegal, giving police the power to issue washers with $150 instant fines.
Excellent. Intersection window washers are a form of intimidation. They start washing your car even after you explicitly signal to them you don’t want them to, and then as you are stuck at the intersection, you are intimidated into paying them for a service you did not want, out of fear they may damage your car or worse if you do not.
Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash said it was a pragmatic solution to an identified issue.
The Green Party opposed the bill and MP Jan Logie said it risked being an “attack on the poor”.
Of course they are against it.