Why are you reviewing the traffic bylaw?

    The Council adopted a new Parking Policy in August 2020. The new policy triggered a need to change parts of the current traffic bylaw (Wellington Consolidated Bylaw 2008 Part 7: Traffic). Although the traffic bylaw was last reviewed in 2016, the Council has taken the opportunity to do a full review of the traffic bylaw to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

    What does ‘restricting engine braking’ involve? And how could this be regulated?

    The Council could pass a traffic resolution to restrict vehicles from using their engine brakes on certain roads where it is causing unreasonable disturbance to those nearby. The restriction would be communicated using road signage.

    It would be the responsibility of the Police to enforce the restriction as it involves a moving vehicle offence.

    The Council are seeking further information on people’s experiences of noise disturbance from engine braking to get a clearer picture of the extent of the problem and locations where people are affected.

    Waka Kotahi Transport Agency NZ has useful FAQs on their website about engine braking.

    What is cruising and how will the Council control ‘cruising activities’?

    The Land Transport Act 1998 (LTA 1998) defines cruising as:  driving repeatedly in the same direction over the same section of a road in a motor vehicle in a manner that—

    1. draws attention to the power or sound of the engine of the motor vehicle being driven; or
    2. creates a convoy that—
    3. is formed otherwise than in trade; and
    4. impedes traffic flow


    The LTA 1998 gives Council the power to make a bylaw to control, restrict or prohibit cruising on specified sections of road or roads and prescribe fines for breaching any restriction.  The draft traffic and parking bylaw proposes wording for controls that could be applied. This may solve the problem in a particular street, but one outcome may be that the cruising activity moves to a new location.

    The Council are seeking further information on people’s experiences of noise disturbance from cruising activity to get a clearer picture of the extent of the problem and locations where people are affected.

    Will the Council create motorcycle parks to improve lack of parking in the city?

    We are trialling the use of painted white triangle road markings to indicate where parking is available for smaller vehicles or motorcycles on suburban roads. If this trial is successful, the white triangles for identifying safe, usable, small spaces for parking motorcycles will be extended into other areas, including the central city.