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Topic # 83288 13-May-2011 14:36
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The girlfriends 20yo Peugeot failed its WOF due to issues we can't justify repairing as they'd be a good chunk of what the car is worth when taking into account basic maintenance it needs (CV joints and cambelt mostly).

Currently it's on TradeMe, but parked in front of the house with the expired WOF, and of course, while we're waiting for it to be sold, it got a $200 parking ticket for an expired WOF.

So, rather than having it sitting there for another week or so and the evil WCC mandating that I should get another ticket in the meantime, is there anywhere I could store the car that isn't going to cost more than what the thing is worth to sell?

I've no access to a garage or any off-street parking because, y'know, it's Wellington city and such things are a rarity.

I'm not trying to get off the ticket as it's a fair cop, just want to avoid getting another and would appreciate ideas. The license (rego) is good for another 2 months so that part is ok.

I'm a motorcyclist generally so car issues are a bit foreign to me.




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  Reply # 468781 13-May-2011 14:51
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Could put the reg on hold, that would prevent tickets, or give you an out if you get any more presumably.

Doesn't sit well with me though that Council staff can issue tickets for wof and reg infringements....But that's another story that's already been discussed.

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  Reply # 468782 13-May-2011 14:54
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My friend had a similar situation down in Hamilton, he managed to have the fine removed as it was the only place he could park the car while he was getting parts required for a WOF. So if you do get anymore i'd suggest trying that?

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 468794 13-May-2011 15:09
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That was explained to them, the reply was essentially "Tough." - if the WOF expired more than 4 weeks ago, all bets are off regardless of excuse. Perhaps Hamilton's council isn't run by such a bunch of anti-car lefties and are a tad more lenient?

Presumably putting the rego on hold would just mean 2 reasons it shouldn't on the road though, not sure that'd work.





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  Reply # 468795 13-May-2011 15:10

Jaxson: Could put the reg on hold, that would prevent tickets, or give you an out if you get any more presumably.


Doesn't sit well with me though that Council staff can issue tickets for wof and reg infringements....But that's another story that's already been discussed.


 

Yes, but it is another way for them, to earn money, otherwise they would have to raise rates more. Also don't meter maids get commissions on tickets they issues? This thing is if the police caught you without a current  wof, and it had just expired they would normally give you a warning, at least they used to.

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  Reply # 468798 13-May-2011 15:13
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I thought, (may easily be wrong), that these tickets were collected on behalf of the Police and funds were supposed to be transferred to them. Apparently Palmerston North City Council recently got sent a bill as they hadn't transferred the collections for years.

More if the car is not registered, ie it's on hold for restoration (which is not far from the truth), then presumably it doesn't need a warrant?

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  Reply # 468799 13-May-2011 15:17
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Rip the plates off, remove the rego from the window and scrape off the WOF sticker and grind off the VIN numbers then just dump the sucker somewhere!

^The above it a joke!

Try call the council and explain what is happening, they may be able to suggest/exempt it from tickets.

We had a situation in Hamilton where my GF lost her keys to the car while it was parked in a 1 hour metered area. I was out of town for 2 days, and had the second set of keys. She called the council and explained the situation and they said no worries. They let the parking wardens know and we didnt get any tickets.

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  Reply # 468802 13-May-2011 15:21
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They shouldn't be able to give you an ticket if

a: there's nowhere else for you to park the car
b: it's outside your place of residence
c: it's being taken somewhere for repairs ( although it should be on a trailer and not being driven)

so Legally the ticket wouldn't stand up in court just tell them to shove it (go see a nz law society lawyer first for advice) But I think you'll find you should not have been ticketed at all



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  Reply # 468804 13-May-2011 15:22
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More if the car is not registered, ie it's on hold for restoration (which is not far from the truth), then presumably it doesn't need a warrant?


It's a $200 fine for a car not displaying a current rego as well.

Many garages don't send out WOF reminders, and there have been occassions when I've not received a reminder for the rego as well, not everyone thinks to check these things so a warning would be nice, but I guess warnings don't make them money.




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  Reply # 468805 13-May-2011 15:25
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If you pull off the license plates and the license sticker thing in the corner, how are they going to know where to send the ticket to/fine which person/rego?


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  Reply # 468806 13-May-2011 15:28
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kyhwana2: If you pull off the license plates and the license sticker thing in the corner, how are they going to know where to send the ticket to/fine which person/rego?



I really doubt that will stop the Wellington parking wardens.  They are like zombies, you can't kill them.

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  Reply # 468808 13-May-2011 15:29
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kyhwana2: If you pull off the license plates and the license sticker thing in the corner, how are they going to know where to send the ticket to/fine which person/rego?



They will treat it as an abandoned car and tow it.

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  Reply # 468809 13-May-2011 15:30
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graemeh:
kyhwana2: If you pull off the license plates and the license sticker thing in the corner, how are they going to know where to send the ticket to/fine which person/rego?



I really doubt that will stop the Wellington parking wardens.  They are like zombies, you can't kill them.


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  Reply # 468828 13-May-2011 16:22
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Guy in a flat I was in once had his wheels stolen one night, found the car up on bricks.

A few days later a council guy turns up to give notice that something had to be done to the unsafe car parked outside. Had to really restrain myself, but let's just say I conveyed that the bloke didn't set out to make his car 'unsafe'!

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  Reply # 468834 13-May-2011 16:32
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Man that sucks - can't park it at a friends or the parentals?

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  Reply # 468838 13-May-2011 16:44
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You could take it off trademe and get a car wrecker to take it off your hands. They usually take it away and give you ~$100 cash for it as well

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