April 27, 2022
Debt relief plan wrong speed for Mayor Goff
Auckland mayor Phil Goff has rejected a suggestion council should put traffic fines as part of a debt relief programme for low income people.
Child Poverty Action Group member Susan St John has proposed scrapping a range of government charges and debts as a way to tackle the cost of living crisis, and she specifically fingered council for its fines for parking and driving in bus lanes.
Mr Goff admitted to having being caught by the notorious Khyber Pass bus land trap which is bringing the council more than $1 million a year in fines.
“I sinned and I repented for my sins by paying my fine, and if I speed and get a speed camera fine I pay it and that’s the way it is and if I want to avoid doing that I don’t speed,” he says.
Mayor Goff says Auckland Council does allow people to defer rates payments if they are in financial hardship.