Roadside car sellers risk fines
PARKING your car on the grass beside a road and sticking a ‘for sale’ sign in the window may be simpler and cheaper than selling it through a car yard or classified ad, but it may end up costing more than you bargained for.
Lismore City Council rangers recently contacted a number of sellers who had parked their cars on Clunes’ Main Road after it became a de facto car yard, informing them that unless their vehicles were moved they faced hefty fines.
“When vehicles accumulate it causes traffic problems withpeople stopping to look at the vehicles,” the rangers’ team leader, Joe Monks, said.
“Most people don’t realise they are doing the wrong thing and usually they move them within an hour, but sometimes we have to fine people.”
So many cars were being ‘parked’ along Ballina Road a few years ago the council was forced to erect signs warning owners it was illegal.
He said while vehicles legally parked on the side of the road didn’t breach any laws, when they were parked on the grass or in a dangerous manner, council rangers would act.
The roadside selling has also caused concern among car yard owners, who say people often ‘park’ near them to ensure exposure to those hunting for a new vehicle.