Speeding tickets to be cancelled

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    MORE than 8500 speeding tickets were issued to Invercargill residents in about two months, leaving an Otatara man disgruntled.

    Businessman Bryan Haldane said the Otatara road was a 100kmh road until November
    last year when a one-way system was introduced by the council when it started the work
    to upgrade the Stead St stopbank, diverting the traffic in the main road for six months.

    He said the work and restrictions was dumped on them without a consultation and he was even more surprised when several speeding tickets arrived at his home.

    Mr Haldane had been living in the suburb for almost 40 years and never had a single
    speeding limit, but since November he has received about 15 speeding tickets ranging
    from 79kmh to 90kmh.

    The speed limit in the road was dropped to 70kmh and there was never any discussion or
    information regarding the change, he said.

    ‘‘I think this was completely wrong and disrespectful for the community.

    ‘‘There was no sign or nothing have been said about speed cameras or modifications on
    the speed camera.’’

    While drivers of his businesses had accumulated about $2500 in fines since the changes,
    he said.

    ‘‘These guys are not crazy drivers. None ever lost their licences. They are trying to get to the job.

    ‘‘We are used to a camera of 100kph and I absolutely agree with it. It is great because had
    a a lot of accidents on that road.’’

    Yesterday, a police spokeswoman said they became aware of a procedural error early
    which occurred when setting the temporary 70kmh speed limit on Otatara Rd.

    ‘‘Invercargill City Council lowered the posted limit as a result of safety concerns around the existing road conditions and the posted speed limit not being suitable.’’

    Due to that, police had issued 8572 notices from the Otatara Rd camera site between
    November 4, 2021 and December 26, 2021 — while in the previous six months before the
    change, they had issued only 281 notices between May 1 and November 3 last year.

    ‘‘Police has determined that the appropriate course of action is to cancel all incorrectly
    issued speeding infringement notices for exceeding the 70kmh limit issued during the
    period 1 November 2021 to 20 January 2022.

    If someone has already paid, they will be refunded,’’ she said.

    The Invercargill City Council had since then rectified the error and the 70kmh temporary
    limit would take effect from this week and apply 24 hours a day, she said.

    Invercargill City Council was approached for comment, but was unable to respond by
    deadline.

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