I know a guy who had a piece of land in downtown Auckland, he paid a peppercorn rental for it…and charged reasonable parking fees per day. His carpark was always full. He once told me that he was approached by a towing company who said they could get him much more for the land by putting up no parking signs and removing all the parking marks and payment systems. They said people will park there anyway, then they pounce, tow them and charge them…splitting the revenue with him.
I also know of another bloke who has a similar piece of land and has had a similar approach. He turned them down, he is making a nice earner from his regular parkers.
Kiwirail and the towing company are obfuscating. I’ll bet dollars to a knob of goat poo that they have exactly that sort of deal going.
A man whose car was towed says he was gobsmacked when the towie said in court that he paid KiwiRail a $120 commission per tow.
Harbour City Tow & Salvage was ordered to pay $160 back to the man, who asked not to be named, after a Disputes Tribunal referee ruled its charge of $250 was unreasonable.
The man’s car was towed from the Railway Station in central Wellington at lunchtime after he parked there to play indoor sports nearby.
He accepted he had parked illegally but, on the advice of Consumer NZ, challenged Harbour City’s fee of $250 as unreasonable.
According to the court documents, during the hearing the tow company said one reason for its $250 fee was “to pay KiwiRail $120 per vehicle towed”.
“It was during the course of the hearing – I don’t believe he blurted it out – but he said, ‘We’ve got to cover our $120 that we pay KiwiRail’,” the man said. “I was a little bit gobsmacked, actually. And I didn’t say anything, because we weren’t arguing over morals or anything, so I was trying to keep to the facts.”
However, both the tow company and KiwiRail strenuously deny such an arrangement exists.