Dunedin City Council's ''pragmatic approach'' to ticketing
and warning infringing motorists is improving parking
compliance, council regulatory services group manager Kevin
The council had a policy of asking infringing motorists to
move on and issuing written warnings in an effort to educate
and improve compliance, Mr Thompson said.
The council adopted the policy during the 2012 financial
year, which saw a 12.2% decrease in the number of tickets
The decline - from 75,780 tickets in the 2011 financial year
to 66,568 in the following year - had remained ''fairly
consistent'' since, Mr Thompson said.
For the nine months ended March 2014, the council's parking
wardens had issued 52,122 tickets and 516 written warnings.
Verbal warnings were also issued and could amount to anywhere
between five and 20 a day, although statistics were not kept,
The more than 50,000 tickets issued in this financial year so
far equated to 190.2 per day compared with 189.9 per day for
last year and 181.9 per day for the year before.
Mr Thompson predicted tickets for this financial year might
be below those issued last year as ''things have been a lot
quieter out there lately for parking''.
The number of tickets waived had also remained relatively
The council's policy for waiving tickets came under fire last
month when it emerged it had ticketed Dunedin woman Kerry-Lee
Charlton while she and her partner were in Dunedin Hospital
while she was undergoing an emergency Caesarean section.
She requested the $70 fine be remitted because of her
circumstances and the fact she believed her partner had paid
some money into the parking meter.
Inquiries from the Otago Daily Times revealed her car
was parked in a P30 and no money was paid into the meter.