Civic duty rewarded with parking fine

By Scott Morgan

The parking ticket was unfair, says Keith Scott. Photo / Supplied
The parking ticket was unfair, says Keith Scott. Photo / Supplied

Good neighbour Keith Scott thought he was doing his bit for the community by cleaning up his street during the Rugby World Cup.

Little did the Mt Eden resident know he would receive a $40 parking fine as a result of the clean-up.

After noticing a street-sweeping machine in the area last month, Scott organised parked cars to be moved so it could do a better job.

"The kerb was full of leaves and rotting hedgehogs - it was absolutely disgusting."

But during the spruce-up Scott was fined for leaving his car parked partially over his own driveway, with the rest of the car on the footpath.

He said there was plenty of room for pedestrians, with a man on a motorised scooter able to get past.

Scott plans to fight the ticket: "It's time the council started working for the ratepayers instead of against them."

Scott said he won his case the last time he took the council to the High Court over a parking ticket.

Auckland Transport communications manager Sharon Hunter said the fine would stand because the car was blocking the footpath.

- Herald on Sunday

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