Il­le­gal berm park­ing poses risks

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - CATRIN OWEN

An Auck­land woman is fed up with neigh­bours il­le­gally park­ing on berms and is calling on Auck­land Trans­port to take ac­tion.

Eller­slie res­i­dent Kelly Storey said de­spite nu­mer­ous phone calls and emails to Auck­land Trans­port (AT) and lo­cal MPs noth­ing has been done about il­le­gal park­ing on berms out­side her house.

Storey lives on busy Auck­land road Main High­way which fea­tures dot­ted yel­low lines, mak­ing street park­ing il­le­gal.

Storey said her neigh­bours have been us­ing the berm as a car park for the past few months.

Park­ing on berms is il­le­gal in Auck­land.

Storey con­tacted AT which re­sponded say­ing it would re­view sig­nage in the area.

She was con­cerned about the safety of pulling out of her drive­way and turn­ing onto the busy road with cars parked on ei­ther side pre­vent­ing her from see­ing on­com­ing traf­fic.

On more than one oc­ca­sion the neigh­bour­ing ten­ants have moved Storey’s rub­bish bins which she has left on the berm for col­lec­tion day, onto the foot­path ob­struct­ing pedes­tri­ans.

Storey said she would like the neigh­bours fined or given a warn­ing. A $40 fine could be is­sued for il­le­gal berm park­ing.

AT spokesman Mark Han­nan said park­ing on berms was en­forced on a case by case ba­sis.

He said any­one con­cerned about il­le­gal park­ing should con­tact AT and where prac­ti­ca­ble a park­ing of­fi­cer would be sent to in­ves­ti­gate.

‘‘Park­ing on a berm risks dam­ag­ing the ser­vices run­ning un­der- ground and risks caus­ing prob­lems for the line of sight of driv­ers ex­it­ing drive­ways,’’ Han­nan said.

‘‘If pos­si­ble it is safer to exit a drive­way driv­ing for­wards as this pro­vides bet­ter line of sight and it al­lows the driver to en­ter the traf­fic flow more quickly.’’

Auck­land isn’t the only city with berm park­ing prob­lems. For years, Mi­ra­mar res­i­dents in Welling­ton took mat­ters into their own hands to stop Welling­ton Air­port users park­ing on their berms.

The res­i­dents re­sorted to il­le­gally fenc­ing off the berms af­ter be­com­ing frus­trated with pas­sen­gers and staff park­ing in the area.

Park­ing on berms is il­le­gal.

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