abandoned car (sort of...)

Reported in the Car parking category by Pete McMillen at 16:29, Wed 7 March 2018

Sent to Wellington City Council 5 min later.

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An ugly big 4WD vehicle, rego ENB987, has been permanently parked for around 4-6 months on-street outside 15 Harrold Street (on the corner of Mertoun Terrace). Accordingly, on top of it now being a filthy eyesore covered in dirt and cobwebs, it occupies one of a row of three HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER on-street parking spaces. So, assuming early on that it was abandoned, I waited until its WOF or rego expired (I don't remember which now) - around early/mid December 2017, then posted on this site to ask if WCC or the owner could be instructed to remove it. Unfortunately, I was advised that there was no legal authority to do so because one of either the WOF or registration was still current. And so the vehicle stayed put... ... until to my alarm I subsequently observed that it had been re-registered to 16 March 2018, despite all obvious signs it was not going anywhere any time soon. And so, after deducing who the owner was (resident at 12 Harrold Street), around early/mid January, we asked him why the vehicle had been re-registered but not driven an inch for possibly as long as six months. He advised it was broken down, and waiting for a mechanic "friend" to return from overseas to get it going again. Of course, now March, this was a long time ago, so that story is wearing very thin. Frankly, despite him keeping the rego current, his actions reveal a complete disrespect for his neighbours, who he knows damned well regularly fight tooth and nail for one of the elusive on-street car parks in the vicinity. Ie, his selfish occupation of a car park with an unused vehicle has for so long denied the rest of us who actually USE our vehicles, one of the rare proximate on-street parks. To add insult to injury, he has an essentially identical vehicle that IS being driven, AND he has the additional privilege of an off-street park for it. Now, despite the rego being still current, although not for long - as mentioned earlier it expires on 16 March 2018, it's WOF in fact expired long ago on 18 February 2018. So I am now starting to think the owner is - excuse my language, taking the piss. Eg there is no "friend" still to return from overseas, and perhaps he doesn't have the money or maybe just the plain old inclination and/or courtesy to have it repaired and moved? So for the second time, can I please seek remedy to this problem? If as before there is no LEGAL authority to ask the owner to move his vehicle, on behalf of local residents could he at least be instructed to have it towed up Harrold Street and around the corner onto Zetland Avenue, where there are always many more free on-street parking spots than further down Harrold St/Mertoun Terrace where it currently "lives" (literally)?

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