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Private Bag 6995
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11 January 2018
[FYI request #9202 email]
Thank you for your email
of 6 December 2018 regarding the legality of cars parked on roadsides
for sale across New Zealand. The Ministry of Transport has transferred your request to the NZ
Transport Agency for response.
Parking a vehicle on any state highway for the purpose of selling the vehicle is prohibited under
Bylaw 1999/14 – Bylaw Prohibiting the Sale of Vehicles on State Highways. The only exception
to this is if permission has been obtained from the Transport Agency or their delegate first.
The Transport Agency is authorised to remove vehicles that are stopped or parked on the state
highway in breach of the bylaw if it considers that the vehicles constitute a threat to the safety of
road users or the efficiency of the state highway network. If you come across any cars parked on
the state highway road network for sale please call 0800 822 422 and the Transport Agency wil
investigate the situation and will arrange for the cars to be removed, if appropriate.
I hope this response clarifies your query. If you would like information on what restrictions apply
to parking on the roads other than state highways, you will need to contact the relevant road
controlling authorities (such as the relevant local council) or search their website for the relevant
bylaw where they set traffic and parking controls.
If you would like to discuss this reply with the Transport Agency please contact Suzanne Gledhil ,
Legal Counsel, by email at [email address]
Acting Senior Manager, Systems Management