Bike lane parker has gone

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - DAVID LOUGHREY david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

A SU­PER Shut­tle driver who parked in the mid­dle of the Cum­ber­land St cy­cle­way to eat lunch is no longer em­ployed by the com­pany.

The Septem­ber in­ci­dent is the lat­est to be­come pub­lic in a se­ries of is­sues be­tween com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and cy­clists.

A Dunedin man, who asked not to be named, took a pho­to­graph of the ve­hi­cle parked ‘‘for some time’’ in the mid­dle of the cy­cle lane, first with the ve­hi­cle un­oc­cu­pied, then as the driver sat in the van to eat lunch.

‘‘I watched nu­mer­ous cy­clists ap­proach this ob­struc­tion and be forced to brake hard, or swerve be­tween the con­crete blocks into traf­fic, or on to the foot­path.’’

He com­plained to the com­pany, and yes­ter­day Su­per Shut­tle chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Si­mon Cup­ples, of Auck­land, said the com­pany had fully in­ves­ti­gated.

‘‘This is a breach of our own op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures as well as the New Zealand Land Trans­port Act. ‘‘You don’t park in cy­cle­ways.’’ That was clearly com­mu­ni­cated to driv­ers.

Mr Cup­ples said the driver con­cerned no longer worked for the com­pany.

‘‘Any breaches like that we take very se­ri­ously, and there’s a range of dif­fer­ent con­se­quences for driv­ers.’’

Those de­pended on mat­ters in­clud­ing whether it was a first of­fence or whether there were mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances.

‘‘In this in­stance, the driver is no longer with us.’’

Mr Cup­ples apol­o­gised for an ini­tial lack of a re­sponse to the man’s com­plaint.

The com­plainant late yes­ter­day said he had re­ceived a phone call from the com­pany and was sat­is­fied with the re­sponse.

In the last week the Otago Daily

has re­ported on trucks park­ing on cy­cle lanes and a truck pas­sen­ger urg­ing a driver to run over a cy­clist.

An NZ Trans­port Agency spokes­woman said un­der the law, driv­ers must not drive in or cross a cy­cle lane ex­cept for a max­i­mum of 50m when en­ter­ing or leav­ing side roads, driveways or park­ing spa­ces.

It was il­le­gal to stop, stand or park in a cy­cle lane.

A po­lice spokes­woman said park­ing in­fringe­ments were gen­er­ally en­forced by lo­cal coun­cils.

‘‘If we see some­one parked in a cy­cle lane we will try to move it on, es­pe­cially if it’s a safety is­sue.’’

An in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing in­fringe­ment could at­tract a $60 fine.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Lunch in the shut­tle­lane . . . A Su­per Shut­tle ve­hi­cle parked in the Cum­ber­land St cy­cle lane last month.

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