Crackdown on roadside car sales
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
WHEN Peter Nash decided to sell his Mitsubishi Magna he hit the road for Byron Bay.
The Ballina man thought he would have a better chance offloading his station wagon to a passing tourist in busy Shirley Street rather than parking it closer to home.
The Northern Star yesterday counted 27 vehicles for sale parked along Shirley Street.
Twenty-nine were counted on Monday, as well as three on Broken Head Road and two at the junction of Midgen Flat Road and the Pacific Highway.
Luckily for Peter he has beat a Byron Shire Council ranger crackdown on roadside vehicle sales set to begin in four weeks.
From December 15 the council's enforcement officers will be issuing infringement notices to people who display their vehicles for sale on public roads.
"It's understandable that property owners don't want cars parked all day in front of their houses, but there's nowhere else to put them if car yards won't take them," Peter said.
"If that's the way council wants to do it, then it's up to them.
"If I don't sell my car in four weeks I'll have to give it to the wreckers.
"It's hard for anyone to sell a car these days.
"I just bought a new one and, because I'm on a pension, I'm not allowed to have two cars in my name, so I've got no choice."
Roadside vehicle sales were also banned in the Ballina Shire Council area last year.
The Ballina council began fin- ing owners who were selling their cars on public roads last November after receiving a number of complaints from commercial car dealers.
The practice is also illegal in the Lismore local government area, however selling vehicles on private land is permissible with consent from the property owner.
Byron Shire Council general manager Pamela Westing said there had been a number of complaints received about the prevalence of vehicles for sale on shire roads.
She said the vehicles, particularly those parked in Shirley Street, were a hazard and had raised pedestrian and traffic safety concerns.
Ms Westing also said it was considered an inappropriate commercial activity on public land that deprived visitors and work- ers of valuable parking spaces.