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Acting Mayor pleased with convoy response

4 July 2008

Acting Wellington Mayor pleased with convoy response

Acting Wellington Mayor Ian McKinnon congratulated Wellingtonians and truck drivers for their forbearance and consideration during this morning’s truck convoy protest in the capital.

“Despite concerns beforehand, the city wasn’t actually brought to a standstill at any time,” said Councillor McKinnon. “Commuters heeded the advice of Police and the Council and went into work early. Delays were therefore kept to a minimum. And the truck drivers kept to specific lanes and followed the instructions of Police officers stationed around the city.

“While they definitely made their protest point, they also showed great consideration in allowing other traffic to move around the city. At the planning stage of the protest convoy and during it, the truck drivers cooperated with Police and the Council’s traffic staff to ensure everything ran as smoothly as possible.”

Councillor McKinnon said the high-profile media coverage in advance of the protest enabled commuters and others to make informed choices about how best to travel into and around the central city this morning.

He also noted the highly successful cooperation between Police and the Council’s traffic staff.


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