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Play your part and keep Auckland moving

9 August 2004

Play your part and keep Auckland moving

Get educated about bus lanes, and you’ll be ‘fine-free’ – that’s the message coming from Auckland City as they launch another bus lane education campaign today.

Advertising to remind motorists about what they should and shouldn’t do in a bus lane will be played out on bus backs, Adshel bus shelters and drive-time radio over the next month, confirming the council’s commitment to bus lanes as an integral part of the city’s transport strategy.

The campaign reinforces the risk of a $150 fine for using a bus lane illegally, but also encourages drivers to learn how to use bus lanes, for example, how to use the 50m rule.

“Motorists needing to gain access to or from property and surrounding streets are entitled to drive in the bus lane for a maximum of 50 metres during operating hours,” says Chris Geerlings, Auckland City’s parking services manager.

He emphasises that bus lanes benefit both cars and buses, and it’s going to become more important for motorists to understand how to use bus lanes as increasing numbers of people use public transport.

“The benefits of bus lanes are lessened every time a car drives in them illegally,” says Mr Geerlings. “If cars and buses are able to use their lanes as the legislation intended, both will get where they need to go faster.”

When bus lanes aren’t operating, motorists can use them as regular traffic lanes. Most bus lanes operate during peak traffic periods, however as they can differ depending on their location, the advertising campaign encourages people to check bus lane road signs to find out the times the bus lanes operate.


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