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Recently I was ticketed for “parked on a taxi stand” by a parking warden. I actually pulled into an empty taxi stand to let out 2 passengers. Total time stopped 20 or 30 seconds max. I did this in preference to double parking as there were no vacant parking spaces. Imagine my surprise when I received a Stationery Vehicle Offence notice in the mail a week later. What is the definition of Parked vs Stopped”
According to the NZ Road User Rule. http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2004/0427/latest/DLM302188.html
in relation to a portion of a road where parking is for the time being governed by the location of parking machines placed under the authority of a bylaw of a local authority, the stopping or standing of a vehicle on that portion of the road for any period exceeding 5 minutes:
in relation to any other portion of a road, the stopping or standing of a vehicle (other than a vehicle picking up or setting down passengers in a loading zone or reserved parking area, and entitled to do so) on that portion of the road
It also states:
Parking on stopping places and stands
This clause applies to an area of roadway that the road controlling authority—
reserves as a stopping place or stand for a class or classes of vehicle; and
tells drivers about by installing 1 or more appropriate parking signs at an adjoining place or at adjoining places that give drivers reasonable notice of the area’s presence.
A driver or person in charge of a vehicle that does not belong to a class or classes of vehicle indicated by an appropriate parking sign installed at that stopping place or stand must not stop, stand, or park the vehicle, whether attended or unattended, on the area.
A driver or person in charge of a vehicle that belongs to a class or classes of vehicle indicated by an appropriate parking sign installed at that stopping place or stand must not leave the vehicle unattended on the area.
An area described in subclause (1) may be marked by lines on the roadway put there by the road controlling authority. The road controlling authority must mark the area by putting lines on the roadway if it is practicable for it to do so.