Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Bus lane colouring in black and white

MEDIA RELEASE
17 June 2004

Bus lane colouring in black and white

Auckland City Council is seeking more judicious use of colouring for bus lanes across the region as it continues to implement bus lanes throughout the city.

“We are strongly committed to bus lanes and will continue to be,” says Councillor Greg McKeown, Transport Committee chairperson. “We have worked to introduce more bus lanes on the city’s arterial network, including the recently completed lanes on Sandringham Road and the New North Road lanes to be implemented in July. We also have plans for bus lanes on Queen, Albert and Symonds streets, Mayoral Drive and Anzac Avenue - key CBD streets.”

When Auckland City introduced the region’s first bus lanes, the lanes were coloured to:
- educate drivers in a bid to minimise illegal use of the lanes
- promote the efficiencies of travelling by bus
- illustrate the permanence of the bus lanes
- demonstrate the council’s commitment to the priority measures

“Initially, colouring of bus lanes was used to raise awareness, encouraging drivers to follow the lane’s rules,” says Mr McKeown. “Our experience indicates that drivers are more aware today about the importance of staying out of bus lanes, and in many situations bus lane enforcement alone is now sufficient in deterring the illegal use of the lanes.

“The council’s ability to enforce the bus lanes using cameras is an excellent tool, superseding the need to colour. For example, Mt Eden Road’s bus lane [south of Balmoral Road] has remained uncoloured for the past two years and is functioning effectively.
“The use of new enforcement measures combined with heightened driver awareness reduces the need for colouring,” says Mr McKeown.

On going costs also need to be considered when reviewing colouring of bus lanes, with the treatment’s life lasting between four and five years.

“Not colouring our streets will improve how they look and lower overall road marking costs,” says Mr McKeown. “Colouring bus lanes across the city would become more and more expensive. For example, maintaining the coloured treatment on Dominion Road, a total length just over 6km, costs approximately $75,000 per year at current rates.”

Auckland City concedes there may be a requirement for bus lane colouring in limited circumstances, such as intersections. This is to be addressed in the development of a regional standard.

A draft regional standard for the treatment of bus lanes will be presented to Auckland City’s Transport Committee in August for consideration.

Auckland City will continue to monitor and enforce the city’s bus lanes independent of any regional colouring decision.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news