Markings leave resident perplexed
Gary Alway has been going around in circles with the Auckland City Council to get a white triangular road marking removed from outside his house.
He says it was painted on his Mt Albert street at 8.30pm about a month ago.
“When I approached the chaps doing the lines they said it was now a no parking area but when I phone the council they tell me that the lines mean nothing of the sort.
“When did that mean no parking? It’s normally yellow lines,” he says.
The council told Mr Alway that the white triangle road marking was installed after several complaints from one neighbour in his street.
“As it is illegal to park within one metre of a vehicle crossing, the markings are installed to advise motorists that the remaining kerbside space is less than five metres or is not adequate for parking a normal sized vehicle,” an email response from the council said.
The council says the kerbside space may still be suitable for a small vehicle or motorbike.
It says five complaints were made in two years.
Mr Alway says he received a parking ticket for obstructing his own driveway, which was later waived.
He says he wonders how the council can act after complaints from one person without consulting other residents.
Council parking operations manager Rick Bidgood says the painted road markings are a non-regulatory sign which act as an assistance to drivers.
Mr Bidgood says the triangles are to indicate the distance of parking requirements, as a person should not park within one metre north or south of a driveway.
“It provides greater ease, where there is a high volume of traffic.”
Mr Bidgood says the complainant’s driveway was continually being blocked, which made it difficult to exit and enter the property.
“It makes it a little bit clearer for everybody. We are looking after residents’ interests.”
Councillor Cathy Casey says Mr Alway got in touch with her when he was unable to get anyone from the council to meet him.
“I’ve never seen it before,” she says.
“Why put it there? Nobody knows what it means.
“If it is a neighbourly griev- ance they should at least have a chance to sort it out,” Ms Casey says.
She says there hasn’t been any kind of public education process about the markings.
Mr Alway says the symbol is not in the road code.
“There’d be white lines for Africa. It’s political correct- ness gone mad.”
Mr Alway has asked the council to removed the painted triangular marking this week.
Markedly frustrated: Gary Alway wants these road markings removed from outside his home.