Shire pursues $60 fine
By Peter Ruthven
TOODYAY Shire Council legal costs are again under scrutiny following a question by local ratepayer Allan Henshaw at last month’s ordinary council meeting.
The shire recently engaged lawyers to pursue a $60 parking infringement through to a Northam Magistrates Court hearing on November 26.Read more
In March this year, Mr Henshaw’s daughter, a visitor from the UK, incurred a fine for parking in Toodyay against the direction of traffic, which is legal in the UK.
Anna Anderson wrote to the shire advising that she was returning to the UK the following day and did not dispute the offence but asked if the infringement could be waived and gave her UK contact details.
Mrs Anderson heard nothing further.
In April and again in May, Mr Henshaw received letters addressed to him from the shire referring to “his letter” and “his infringement”.
Mr Henshaw advised the shire that he had not written to them.
Finally, in September Mrs Anderson received a summons at her UK address for her to appear in Northam Magistrates Court on November 26. This was the first correspondence she had received from the shire.
The magistrate accepted her guilty plea and upheld the $60 fine but did not impose additional costs.
The legal costs, as yet unknown, are to be borne by the shire.
Mr Henshaw says that if the Shire CEO had “read and reviewed the relevant documentation” as stated in his letter of April 26 this would not have occurred.
If the correspondence had been sent to Mrs Anderson the infringement would have been paid and the matter dealt with.