My partner received a letter 2 days ago stating that she was photographed while double parked on Victoria Street, outside the central Library. She was fined $60 for this.
In actual fact she was stopped there only long enough for me to walk from the curb to the car door and to get into the car. This took about 5-10 seconds. In fact she often picks me up after work from the same spot.
My problem with this is that the driver of the council car has no context for what s/he is taking the picture of. For example, my partner was stopped for less time than it would take to let someone out of a car-park that she may have been waiting for. Is the council going to start fining people for parallel parking? Alternatively she may have just left her car park and was waiting for traffic to start moving so she could merge. There are many reasons that the driver of the camera car has no context for.
By all means, snap and fine the double-parker who has left their vehicle empty, or has clearly stopped for over a minute. But snap and fine the 10 second picker-upper? That's just a slap in the face.
I'm going to contest the fine with the council, but I was wondering first if anyone here has had experience with this same phenomenon? Is the Wellington City Council just having a laugh at our expense now? $60 is nothing to sneeze at, when you consider a standard parking infringement is $12...it's a bit of a leap and smacks of revenue gathering.