Around 400 Wellingtonians shared their views on a new Traffic and Parking Bylaw which was unanimously adopted by the
Council and came into effect on Friday.
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says the previous bylaw was no longer fit for purpose so consultation with the public and
stakeholder groups was carried out in May and June as part of the process to update it.
“Last year we adopted the new Parking Policy
which prioritises safe and efficient movement of people, active and public transport over private vehicles and the use
of public road space based on a new parking space hierarchy.
“That policy is now reflected in the new bylaw
and ensures we can protect, promote and maintain public safety on roads or parking areas owned or managed by the
The new bylaw includes a range of changes and additions. For example, it makes it easier for temporary road changes for
pilot/trial schemes such as shared pathways, and simpler for parking officers to remove non-motorised vehicles that park
on the street for longer than seven days such as trailers, boats and caravans. It also regulates the parking of vehicles
for advertising or selling purposes and manages mobile trading in roads and public places.
New tools to manage driving, riding or parking of vehicles on beaches and unformed legal roads are covered in the bylaw,
as is the definition of taxi which has been updated to include small passenger service vehicles for services like Uber,
Ola and Zoomy.
Wellingtonians were also asked to share personal experiences of engine braking noise or cruising activity disturbance,
their thoughts on whether motorcycles should be able to park in car-sized parking spaces and how the Council could best
manage pedestrian and vehicle access and parking on narrow streets.
Almost 250 people provided suggestions of alternatives to parking on footpaths, which ranged from installing more broken
yellow lines on the road, parking on one side of the street only, creating a shared use space or widening roads.
Over time the Council will work with communities to implement feasible solutions that give effect to the Parking Policy.
As Wellington works towards becoming a net zero carbon capital by 2050 these solutions will increasingly look to support
active and public transport modes over private vehicle use.
Many of the new bylaw provisions require a Council traffic resolution prior to the changes coming into effect. Traffic
resolutions require a 14-day notification period during which the public may submit their views to Council on the
proposals. Traffic resolution notifications will be posted on the Council’s Have Your Say
page and on the Kōrero Mai Let’s Talk
of the consultation results and the full submission report
are available online.