Fines not followed up

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Staff shortages at the Central Otago District Council (CODC) mean parking fines dating back to April last year have not been followed up.

CODC executive manager for infrastructure services Julie Muir said income from infringements for the 2017-18 year was $6160, but enforcing parking restrictions over the period had cost $11,713.

However, Ms Muir was unable to supply information on unpaid parking fines, citing staff shortages.

“Due to staff resourcing issues – our roading manager leaving in April and a permanent replacement not commencing with us until November – we have not had the capacity within our roading team to chase up the unpaid fines for the 2017-18 year,” she said.

Parking fine enforcement would be treated differently this year, Ms Muir said.

“Parking fine enforcement is a responsibility that will be moving in 2019 to sit with the regulatory services manager role, so we expect this will ensure we are resourced to manage this well in the future.”

The CODC would be sending out reminder letters in February to all owners of vehicles who had not paid outstanding parking fines, before referring unpaid parking fines to the court.

“We would encourage people to pay their parking ticket within the required timeframe, to avoid additional costs [$30 court fees].

“It is in the owner’s interest to pay the fine before it is referred to the court.”