Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Wellington parks bus lane tickets

Wellington City Council is cancelling more than 1,500 infringement tickets issued to drivers who used a city bus lane after copping public backlash over the new lane.

The Council said while signage about the new bus lane opposite Wellington Regional Hospital met legal and safety requirements, it received feedback that the new road layout was confusing, and signage about the changes did not give people enough warning.

“We will refund anyone who has paid their infringement already. This will happen over the next four weeks,” Council said in a statement.

The move will cover the 1,544 $150 tickets issued between 11 July and 16 August 2022.

More than 300 tickets, totalling $52,500, have already been paid and will be refunded, Council said.

The traffic resolution that will formalise the changes is currently out for consultation until 5pm Wednesday 31 August. After consultation finishes, Councillors are expected to decide on changes and any suggested improvements in mid-September. This process will involve a consideration of the adequacy of the signage and road markings and any possible improvements.

“We acknowledge that changes of this nature are big for everyday users of the road, and it takes time for people to familiarise themselves with the new roading layout. If the changes are approved, we will have a two-week period of issuing warnings before any tickets are issued,” said Chief Planning Officer, Liam Hodgetts.

“To continue to keep people safe on this route, we will be monitoring and responding to any issues that arise, including possible infringements and towing of parked vehicles obstructing the bike lane.

“We are contacting anyone who received or paid an infringement for using the bus lane.”

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