Abusers of Wellington's free park-and-rides are being warned their vehicles could be clamped
or towed, but it appears the council threatening the crackdown has no legal authority to do so.
Greater Wellington Regional Council began installing signs at various park-and-ride car parks last month, warning people they faced fines, towing or clamping if they parked illegally or did not transfer onto public transport.
But a lawyer specialising in the subject said a road controlling authority had no power to enforce any kind of parking penalties without first passing a bylaw, which the regional council had not done.
Alwyn O'Connor, a lawyer with Irons Legal Barristers says the council seems to have flagrantly overlooked its obligations in terms of imposing lawful parking restrictions in these areas.