People who use bus lanes will be fined from this week, after a month of warnings being issued, says a Tauranga city Council spokesperson.
On behalf of the NZ Transport Agency, Tauranga City Council issued 240 warning notices since April 30, to drivers using the bus lanes in Hewletts Road.
The fine will be $150.
“The Bus lanes are for buses and people riding bikes, motorbikes and mopeds,” says a statement from Tauranga City Council.
“People driving other vehicles are allowed to use the bus lanes for no more than 50 metres before turning at an intersection or into a driveway or when merging back into the main traffic lane after exiting from a driveway.”
The monitoring is done using CCTV cameras, and the Hewletts Road bus lanes are enforceable under Land Transport legislation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The warning is issued as the city council and the NZTA investigate opportunities for new bus lanes in other parts of the city to help make bus travel more reliable and convenient.
“Drivers are encouraged to consider other options such as public transport, walking, cycling or carpooling, especially when travelling in peak times.”