The number of Timaru District parking infringement notices issued decreased dramatically during lockdown, with the council potentially missing out on up to $105,821 in fines.
From March 1 to April 30, the number of Timaru District Council parking tickets issued was down from 1546 in 2019, to 353 in 2020 as the council stopped issuing infringement notices when the country went into level four, in line with government lockdown restrictions.
Those tickets amounted to a cost in fines of$25,908 in 2019. During the same period this year the total was $6687 - a difference of $19,221.
When it came to infringement notices related to Warrant of Fitnesses, or registrations, 599 were issued by the council's traffic wardens during March and April, 2019, with fines totalling $119,800. For the same period this year 166 tickets were issued with fines totalling $33,200 - a difference of $86,600.
Parking infringement notices were not a revenue gathering exercise and the council planned for financial fluctuations, Timaru District Council general manager environment Tracy Tierney said.