55 Pinged A Day On Grafton Bridge
More people are being zapped for driving over Grafton Bridge when they are not allowed to do so.
New figures gained from Auckland Transport show 14,253 bus-lane infringement notices have been issued in the past 12 months on Grafton Bridge.
That’s about 55 motorists pinged a day.
The bridge is closed to cars from 7am to 7pm during weekdays.
The tickets are $150 a pop.
- In the five months from June 1 to October 31 2010, 5,438 tickets were issued – a monthly average of 1,087 tickets.
- In the seven months from November 1 2010 to May 31 2011 Auckland Transport reports 8,815 tickets were issued – a monthly average of 1,259 tickets.
- At a $150 a pop, the potential revenue gained from the 14,253 tickets issued for Grafton Bridge infringements over the past 12 months is $2,137,950.
And that’s got Councillors Cameron Brewer and Calum Penrose going again over such revenue.
Both councillors say they support bus-lanes and the positive contribution they make to public transport. Their concern lies with how they’re being policed.
Brewer says: “When the upgraded bridge reopened in late 2009 as a dedicated bus corridor, a lot of motorists got pinged. However we were assured the numbers would come down and in fact Mayor Len Brown promised that the days of overzealous traffic wardens were behind us. Sadly, the reality is the number of cars being snapped on Grafton Bridge is again tracking upwards.”
Councillor for Manurewa-Papakura Calum Penrose says Auckland Transport’s trigger happy mobile camera units were denting the central city’s reputation.
“A lot of people from down south come into the city and inadvertently get themselves snapped. They simply don’t realise the bridge is closed to cars during the day time. Some don’t even know they’ve done anything wrong until the ticket turns up. They can’t remember seeing any signs or seeing any advertising. It’s leaving a very bad taste in some people’s mouths. I’m getting quite a few complaints.
Cameron Brewer says Auckland Transport should improve signage and says many drivers only see the camera operator when it’s too late.
“This kind of money-hungry militancy could damage Auckland during the Rugby World Cup when we’ve got an extra 41,000 visitors in town. We’ll have a lot of domestic visitors cruising around and overseas visitors in rental cars. Auckland Transport has got to take the pedal off the metal, and deliver on the mayoral promise of treating drivers fairly when it comes to bus-lane infringements,” says Mr Brewer.
Actually I thought the warning signs had been greatly improved in recent times – unlike the early days when the signs seemed either well hidden or too ambiguous to grasp when heading by.