Pat Reid (58) holds the parking ticket she was issued
yesterday for having her car parked in the wrong direction.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The blanket ticketing of parked cars in a ''quiet and
skinny'' suburban street by Dunedin City Council yesterday was
''disgusting,'' Lookout Point resident Pat Reid says.
Mrs Reid said most residents had parked their cars in the
wrong direction in Thomson St for years without issue, until
Parking tickets were issued for all the cars parked facing
the wrong way yesterday.
''It's pretty shocking that the council can just suddenly do
It was easier parking in the opposite direction in the
''dead-end, quiet and skinny'' street and most residents had
parked that way for several years, Mrs Reid said.
A warning would have sufficed, she said.
''Going into a dead-end street in a suburb and giving
everybody a ticket is so unfair. We are all good abiding
citizens. If we were given a warning notice, we would have
immediately turned our cars around.''
Council parking enforcement team leader Daphne Griffen said
somebody complained to the council yesterday about the cars
and ''four or five'' tickets were issued. The council never
issued warning notices, she said.
A car could not be parked in the wrong direction because if
the car's headlights were on, it could ''blind'' the driver
of an oncoming car.
''It's illegal to drive on the wrong side of the road, which
you have to do to park in that manner and they would be
committing a moving offence, too. However, we are only
interested in the stationary offence.''
Mrs Reid's neighbour, Bex Schroder (31), said her car was
parked outside her home yesterday and she was given a $440
She had no off-street parking and had parked the same way in
the ''small, secluded'' street for the past four years, she
The ticket was $40 for parking the wrong way and $400 for no
warrant of fitness or registration.
She had not been using her car and was booked in for a
warrant on Friday, she said.
She doubted that somebody had complained to the council
because everybody knew each other in the street.
She believed the council was targeting the suburbs to collect
''They have to pay for the stadium somehow,'' Mrs Schroder