Got a Christchurch City Council parking ticket? Dispute it

Disputes over city council parking tickets were successful 32,240 out of 55,191 times between...
Disputes over city council parking tickets were successful 32,240 out of 55,191 times between 2016 and 2020. ​Photo: Supplied
If you recently received a Christchurch City Council parking ticket, it might pay to dispute it.

An Official Information Act request from The Star has revealed 58.4 per cent of disputes over city council parking tickets were successful between 2016 and 2020.

In this period, 55,191 parking tickets were disputed, 32,240 of these disputes were successful and 22,951 were unsuccessful.

However, only about 14 per cent of the 388,546 parking tickets the city council issued were disputed.

The number of parking tickets was about the same in each year except for 2019, where 91,596 were issued. 71,680 were issued in 2016, 70,912 in 2017, 75,178 in 2018 and 79,180 in 2020.

The greatest number of tickets were disputed in 2019, 12,826. 7637 of these were successful, the most of any year.

Photo: File
Photo: File
Said a city council spokeswoman: “Council does not specifically collate the reasons behind successful disputes as each case is determined on its own merits, however submissions regarding infringements issued for an expired vehicle licence label or not displaying a valid licence are the most common.

“Generally, this is because the recipient of the infringement has been able to provide further information such as confirmation of a valid licence that has not been displayed.”

The success rate for parking ticket disputes was lower when these went to court. Of the 35 court hearings that took place between 2016 and 2020, six were successful for the recipient.

Meanwhile, the number of city council parking spaces has decreased from 8813 in 2016, to 7325 now.

The spokeswoman said the city council does not hold information on the most parking tickets issued to one person, or the reasons for these.

Last year, The Star reported Christchurch’s most prolific parking warden issued 17,777 tickets from 2017 to the start of 2020, making a total of $206,096 in revenue for the city council.

Total tickets issued
  • 2016 – 71,680
  • 2017 – 70,912
  • 2018 – 75,178
  • 2019 – 91,596
  • 2020 – 79,180
Number of disputes received
  • 2016 – 10,436
  • 2017 – 10,639
  • 2018 – 11,710
  • 2019 – 12,826
  • 2020 – 9580
Number of successfully disputed tickets
  • 2016 – 6442
  • 2017 – 6315
  • 2018 – 6401
  • 2019 – 7637
  • 2020 – 5445
Number of unsuccessfully disputed tickets
  • 2016 – 3994
  • 2017 – 4324
  • 2018 – 5309
  • 2019 – 5189
  • 2020 – 4135
Number of court hearings over parking tickets from 2016 to 2020 
  • 35
Number of successful court hearings 
  • 6

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