Auckland Transport has admitted allowing a truck to illegally park across an entire lane, blocking traffic and causing a crash hazard.
St Heliers resident Joanne Rennie was horrified when she saw the truck, left half on the footpath and half on the road. Images show the driver had placed a road-cone behind it to warn oncoming traffic.
"Yesterday a truck parks blocking one lane of a busy road in St Heliers/Glendowie and sticks an orange cone behind it," she told Newshub.
"As you can see from the photos it is a busy street, even has speed humps thanks to the Council to slow traffic down."
Concerned someone would crash into the truck, Ms Rennie appealed for help. But she was told it was legally parked.
"Auckland Council informs me later - they sent someone out and the truck is parked LEGALLY!!! And says that drivers should take caution; absolutely unbelievable," she fumed.
"So... next time you can't find a park, just park across one lane of a road, stick a orange cone behind you and you are legally parked.
"How do we hold the Council accountable for this dangerous and idiotic behaviour???"
Auckland Transport has apologised for its error, and the vehicle is now parked properly on the road.
"We got it wrong - that vehicle is parked illegally," a spokesperson told Newshub.
"It should have been issued with a ticket and towed."