Mark­ings leave res­i­dent per­plexed

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Markedly frus­trated: Gary Al­way wants th­ese road mark­ings re­moved from out­side his home.

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