Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt and Chief Executive Officer Clare Hadley at the Invercargill City Council meeting today. Photo / Luisa Girao

Sir Tim Shadbolt will be able to keep his mayor’s car despite his license being suspended, the director general of Invercargill city council has confirmed.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) confirmed to Stuff this week that Sir Tim’s license has been suspended after days of speculation.

Sir Tim could not be reached for comment today and has yet to reveal why his license has been suspended.

A spokesperson for the NZTA said a license could be suspended either because a driver had accumulated too many demerit points or for medical reasons.

There was no record of any conduct cases involving Sir Tim in Invercargill District Court.

Council chief executive Clare Hadley addressed questions to him regarding Sir Tim’s driving status, but clarified the situation regarding his mayor’s car.

She said as part of the decision by members of local government in 2019, a local authority could provide the mayor with a motor vehicle or the mileage of the vehicle.

She said that even if he had a suspended driver’s license, the board’s obligations would not change.

“Currently he has full private use of the vehicle – unrestricted personal use – so it doesn’t matter who drives the vehicle.

“The mayor has yet to be able to attend engagements, so if he is making arrangements for a licensed driver, it’s not a matter of advice.

There were no guidelines on whether or not a council should provide a vehicle to the mayor, but the car was part of her salary package, she said.

“A vehicle which is supplied to Sir Tim for full private use must have a deduction from his wages to allow this. The compensation authority fixes the deduction based on the following formula – vehicle price x 41 percent x 20 percent = amount to be deducted from the remuneration payable to Sir Tim. ”

Sir Tim chaired a plenary council meeting today, but there was no mention of his license being suspended.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-25 07:13:01


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