Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2021

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Consultation has concluded

The new Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2021 was unanimously adopted by Wellington City Council on 26 August 2021 and came into effect on 27 August 2021.

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback, which will help us determine how best to protect, promote and maintain public safety on roads or parking areas owned or managed by the Council.

Over 400 people gave feedback. Many submitters commented on whether motorcycles should be able to park in car-sized parking spaces, while around 150 people shared their personal experiences of engine braking noise or cruising activity disturbance.

Lots of submitters also took the opportunity to suggest alternatives to parking on footpaths. The Council recently revoked a parking on footpath enforcement guideline from 2005 to better reflect current legislation and the new Parking Policy. In the coming months the Council will work with key stakeholders including resident associations to implement solutions over time. Meanwhile, no changes to current ticketing practice will be made and parking officers will continue to use their powers of discretion under the Land Transport Act 1998.


The new Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2021 was unanimously adopted by Wellington City Council on 26 August 2021 and came into effect on 27 August 2021.

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback, which will help us determine how best to protect, promote and maintain public safety on roads or parking areas owned or managed by the Council.

Over 400 people gave feedback. Many submitters commented on whether motorcycles should be able to park in car-sized parking spaces, while around 150 people shared their personal experiences of engine braking noise or cruising activity disturbance.

Lots of submitters also took the opportunity to suggest alternatives to parking on footpaths. The Council recently revoked a parking on footpath enforcement guideline from 2005 to better reflect current legislation and the new Parking Policy. In the coming months the Council will work with key stakeholders including resident associations to implement solutions over time. Meanwhile, no changes to current ticketing practice will be made and parking officers will continue to use their powers of discretion under the Land Transport Act 1998.


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    Having revoked the parking on footpath guideline, will parking attendants now ticket vehicles parking on the footpath, or will enforcement be delayed until the outcome of this further consultation?

    DavidH asked 6 months ago

    There will be no changes to current ticketing practice for vehicles parked on the footpath (zero tolerance in the central city and suburban centres and for all oversize vehicles parked on the footpath). There will be at least a 3-month period of education and awareness-raising before the enforcement practice changes – except in those situations where the parking is considered inconsiderate or a hazard to road-users (as is the current practice) or we are responding to a public complaint. Parking officers will continue to use their powers of discretion under the Land Transport Act 1998.