Yes or no to window washers?

By Heeni Brown
  • Auckland

It's been a year since the implementation of the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw - that means it makes it illegal to wash or offer to wash a vehicle in an intimidating manner, causing a nuisance to any person, or causing an obstruction to traffic.

Auckland Council describes South Auckland's Caverndish intersection as one of the places where most breaches have occurred. It is where 25-year-old Mansell Dickson has been a window washer for a year now.

The Ngāti Mahanga descendant says he's off to court tomorrow after being approached by council officers and charged for breaching the bylaw.

"I only started window washing when I saw other people window washing but I didn't realise it could result in a $20,000 fine," says Dickson.

Dickson is afraid of the end result, but it hasn't stopped him returning to the intersection.

"You can get extra money, it helps out with those things you want to do like going out places and stuff," says Dickson.

For 18-year-old window washer Adrian Tito, he says window washing is a way to stay clean and out of trouble.

"I would rather wash your window than rob your house, out here people are just coming out here to make money for their children, get some nappies and some wipes and stuff," says Tito

Senior reporter Heeni Brown interviewed drivers at the Caverndish intersection to see whether or not the practice should continue and asked "Yes or No to Window Washers?"

One replied "No, because it's dangerous."

Another replied "No, it's stupid cueing alongside here go somewhere in the parks or something."

One answered "I say yeah, because they're trying to make a living."

Another answered "Yes, maybe they're a bit broke, they need some money."

Since the bylaws inception, two people have been convicted, the latest was fined $300 including court costs.

Now, Auckland Council are taking action against 10 others for breaching the bylaw.

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