Appalled at the hypocrisy of AT, the ARA quickly raised a petition signed by over 2000 members. Yesterday this forced a back down from AT.
RATEPAYERS’ ALLIANCE WELCOME AUCKLAND TRANSPORT U-TURN
After raising more than 2,000 signatures in support, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is welcoming Auckland Transport’s decision to waive the 27 tickets it issued to residents of Orakei's narrow Apihai and Tautari streets. The tickets were issued for parking on footpaths in a recent 2am blitz, despite publication of photos showing a Council vehicle breaching the same rules.
Jo Holmes, Spokesperson for the Ratepayers’ Alliance, says, “Auckland Transport is finally applying some common sense and we welcome the decision."
“Our members were particularly disturbed by the Council’s apparent duplicity in refusing to ticket Council employees for breaking the same rules. Though it’s a small victory, it’s good to see people power can force Auckland Transport’s hand."
Carmel also posted the above picture of an AT vehicle caught red handed parking illegally but not fined. Similarly AT failed to ticket Len Brown recently when he was caught parking illegally in a cycle lane. Here's what she had to say to ARA members
So you will see ARA that it came as no surprise today to learn that even the Council’s employees are parking on the kerb in the same area – only they don’t get a ticket. This afternoon the Herald published a photograph taken by an eagle-eyed resident of one of the Council’s very own cars parked half-on the footpath during the middle day.
This isn’t the first time photographic evidence of hypocrisy has been ignored. Auckland Transport refused to ticket Len Brown when he was snapped parking over a cycle lane last month. It’s time we had a Council culture that served ratepayers, not lorded over them with this sort of arrogance.
We’re backing those who got the tickets – and have launched a petition calling on the Council to either abandon it’s hard-nosed approach and cancel the 27 tickets.