Police are urging motorists in south Auckland not to pay
window washers, who they say are a dangerous hazard.
More than 20 complaints have been made to Counties Manukau
Police already this month over the behaviour of window
washers. Another 34 complaints were made last month.
"From a police perspective it would be helpful if motorists
did not pay the window washers," said Counties Manukau Police
Prevention Manager Inspector Richard Middleton.
"The window washers are a hazard at intersections and the
activity should not be encouraged with payment."
Police and partner agencies including Auckland Council are
looking to address the problem of window washers as soon as
Without payment, police expect the window washers will be
deterred and will "stop bothering motorists and putting
themselves in the line of danger" by standing in traffic at
Regular police patrols at the most prominent intersections
(Cavendish/Lambie and Cavendish/Great South Road) aim to move
window washers along.
Motorists are advised to call police if any window washer
acts aggressively or is behaving in a dangerous manner