Road safety concerns have prompted the NZ Transport Agency to put a stop to vehicles being displaying for sale on State Highway 87 (SH87) at the Southern entrance into Mosgiel.
NZTA Area Manager Roger Bailey says this is an ongoing issue that has steadily worsened and is one the NZTA wants to end by enforcing one of its bylaws banning this activity. Safety is the main reason for the NZTA wanting to prevent this area of SH87 becoming an established place for people to market their vehicles.
“The main safety concerns are around people inspecting vehicles and putting themselves at risk of being hit by passing traffic. Another problem with these vehicles is that they can block visibility from entranceways and intersections, as well as reducing the amount of roadway for cyclists. They also prevent access for legitimate day to day parking by residents, businesses and visitors.”
Vehicles breaching this bylaw can be immediately towed and stored at the owner's cost.
Mr Bailey says that initially a warning letter will be placed on windscreens of vehicles asking the owner to remove them immediately and the vehicle's registration recorded. Following this warning, any vehicle registered to the owner found for sale at this or any other State Highway site, will be towed. A fine of up to $500 could also be imposed.
Warning signs will be erected at this section of SH87 over the next few months. No stopping lines may be used to ensure safer access at some driveways in the area.