Fine time to re­mem­ber bridge car ban

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Scott Mor­gan

Pri­vate ve­hi­cles are con­tin­u­ing to use Grafton Bridge’s newly des­ig­nated bus lane but are set to face a $150 fine if they keep flout­ing the law.

Dur­ing the re­cent sev­en­day bus strike, 116 ad­vi­sory no­tices were sent out to driv­ers whose ve­hi­cles crossed the bridge, though re­peat of­fend­ers were only sent one no­tice.

Ear­lier this week, with buses back on the road, the Auck­land City Coun­cil up­graded to warn­ing no­tices, with 102 be­ing sent out by Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Last week coun­cil group park­ing man­ager Rick Bid­good told the Cen­tral Leader many driv­ers were prob­a­bly con­fused over the sta­tus of the bridge be­cause of the bus strike.

He says own­ers of pri­vate ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling over the bridge will soon face a $150 fine, which ap­plies to any­one who drives in a bus lane around the city.

Pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists, mo­tor­bikes and emer­gency ve­hi­cles are all per­mit­ted to travel over the bridge, when it’s des­ig­nated as a bus lane from Mon­day to Fri­day be­tween 7am and 7pm.

On a visit to the bridge on Tues­day the Cen­tral Leader counted 18 ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling over the bridge in a half hour pe­riod, com­pared with 23 at the same time the pre­vi­ous week.

“There are some op­por­tunists us­ing it,” Mr Bid­good says.

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