Kwai Heung Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

A New Zealand man who has been working in Hong Kong as an engineer for three years received 17 tickets over the past two months after illegally parking his broken-down car on a street in Hong Kong Island West.

At 10am on Wednesday, the man arrived at 1 Kwai Heung Street in Sai Ying Pun after he received a call from the police asking him to pick up his car, Sing Tao Daily reported.

His white Nissan vehicle, now covered with dust and dirt, had been parked at the site for two months, and tickets covered its windshield. The first ticket was issued on May 2 and the last one on July 2.

The vehicle license was found to have expired on April 14.

The man has to pay HK$5,440 (US$700) in parking fines and also has to cover the cost of towing the car to a garage. 

He told local media that he had previously lost his wallet and driving license and could not be bothered to take care of the broken-down vehicle. He said he had two other cars for daily use. He also said his company would pay the fine for him.

Parking fees in the district are about HK$3,300 per month, according to HK01.com.

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