Auck­land tran­sit road nets $3000 in fines per day

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JACK­SON THOMAS

A cen­tral Auck­land tran­sit lane is net­ting Auck­land Coun­cil on av­er­age $3000 a day in in­fringe­ment no­tices.

In the six months from Oc­to­ber, 3718 tick­ets were handed out to mo­torists try­ing to beat queues on Pah Rd in Royal Oak - to­tal­ing $557,700 in fines, or $3000 a day - more than any other tran­sit lane in the city.

At cer­tain times of the day tran­sit lanes can be used only by pas­sen­ger ser­vice ve­hi­cles, mo­tor­cy­cles and ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing the spec­i­fied min­i­mum num­ber of pas­sen­gers. Mo­torists mak­ing a left turn can en­ter a tran­sit lane 50 me­tres be­fore turn­ing. Stan­dard fines for sin­gle oc­cu­pant ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling in a T3 lane are $150.

The Pah Rd T3 tran­sit lane was in­stalled in Septem­ber 2016.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) said it con­ducted a warn­ing pe­riod of three weeks prior to is­su­ing in­fringe­ments and sent out 246 warn­ing let­ters.

AT me­dia man­ager Mark Han­nan said sin­gle oc­cu­pant ve­hi­cles abus­ing the rules of the T3 tran­sit lanes could end up caus­ing more traf­fic.

‘‘In terms of peo­ple move­ment, tran­sit and bus lanes can sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove ef­fi­ciently,’’ Han­nan said.

‘‘By ded­i­cat­ing a lane to ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing three or more or buses car­ry­ing in the or­der of 30 to 50 peo­ple per ve­hi­cle, the abil­ity of the road to cope im­proves dra­mat­i­cally.’’

Han­nan said T3 lanes were in­stalled when a num­ber of buses an hour reaches ‘‘in the or­der of 15 to 20’’.

One­hunga res­i­dent Heather Bates said she re­ceived one of the 3718 tick­ets ear­lier this year. Bates blamed a lack of sig­nage, and said she was try­ing to turn left off of Pah Rd and went too early.

‘‘I was not try­ing to beat queues, I was le­git­i­mately try­ing to turn left,’’ Bates said.

‘‘I got in the T3 lane a me­tre or so too soon and he clicked my num­ber plate. One hun­dred and fifty bucks down the drain. It’s im­pos­si­ble to turn left when needed as there is no proper sig­nage and no way of know­ing when the 50 me­tre mark starts. It’s a guess­ing game.’’

Han­nan said AT ticket only when mo­torists en­ter the T3 lane at least 70 me­tres from the in­ter­sec­tion.

Rev­enue from tick­ets went to­wards road projects.

‘‘I was not try­ing to beat queues, I was le­git­i­mately try­ing to turn left’’

JACK­SON THOMAS/FAIR­FAX NZ

The $557,700 col­lected from Pah Road’s tran­sit lane in­fringe­ment no­tices is used to cover ‘‘var­i­ous road­ing projects’’, AT says.

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