Road Use Bylaw

Feedback period closes 11:59pm, 15 October 2021

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We are seeking feedback on a proposed new Road Use Bylaw(PDF, 298KB) that will regulate the use of roads and adjoining land by:

  • vehicles
  • stands, stalls or mobile shops
  • animals
  • structures (such as signage), vegetation, or other things that may affect road safety or the environment.

Share your feedback on the proposal for a Road Use Bylaw

The new bylaw will include the “traffic control” rules from the existing Parking and Traffic Control Bylaw as well as rules to replace the revoked Mobile Shops and Hawkers Bylaw(PDF, 38KB). It will also include controls on roads and adjoining land that were previously in the revoked Control of the Use of Public Places Bylaw(PDF, 174KB).

The new bylaw will also combine the Skating and Cycles Bylaw, a clause from the Nuisances Bylaw, and the Alfresco Dining Policy into its rules because they all relate to activities done on roads.

 

Questions & answers

The purpose of the road use bylaw is to ensure safe and fair road use throughout the Far North.

The new bylaw doesn't really change existing regulation, but it looks a bit different. There are a number of things that the road use bylaw will cover, we’re consulting on the new draft bylaw with our communities to make sure we have got it right. If, during the consultation, a problem is identified that we haven't considered then we will consider whether the bylaw is the appropriate tool to address the problem.

Appendix 1 in the proposal(PDF, 298KB) (pages 22 to 24) has a table explaining which provisions from other bylaws are included in the new bylaw, and where you can find them in the new bylaw.

The legal definition of the word road includes footpaths and grass verges/berms, the bylaw therefore applies to places that people might not ordinarily consider as “the road”.

Apart from some location-specific rules for things like skateboards and roller skates, this bylaw does not include regulation of bikes and other active modes of transport on roads and footpaths. This is covered by rules made under the Land Transport Act 1998.

  1. Anthony atkinson
    Whatever else you do all bicycles must have a working bell/horn which must be used to alert pedestrians when sharing the right of way.
    1. Briar Corbett
      Moderator
      Kia ora Anthony, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. The rules for use of bicycles are set out in the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, not in Council bylaws. They can be viewed at: https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2004/0427/latest/DLM302188.html?src=qs)
      Ngā mihi, Briar
  2. Chris Richmond
    Will this bylaw apply to all "unformed legal roads"? These comprise most of the "Queen's Chain" adjoining coastal waters in the Bay of Islands.
    1. Briar Corbett
      Moderator
      Kia ora Chris, thanks for your question. Yes, this bylaw will apply to all unformed legal roads, as well as other public spaces we may not typically think of as a road such as beaches, footpaths and berms. This will include any land that is publicly accessible by a vehicle. Ngā mihi, Briar