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Bridge Raking In The Cash For Auckland Council

December 5th, 2012

Grafton Bridge is Auckland is generating $150,000 a month in traffic fines from motorists confused about access restrictions on the bridge. Almost 1000 tickets have been issued each month this year to drivers snapped by enforcement cameras as they cross Grafton Bridge – despite having been closed to all traffic except buses for three years.

This year’s total fines take is about $1.25m. In light of the mounting toll Auckland Council members Cameron Brewer, George Wood and Calum Penrose have called for a review of signs advising people of restricted access.

Brewer notes council-controlled Auckland Transport has put up an array of small signs around the busy approaches to the bridge to show it is for buses only between 7am and 7pm on weekdays. But Brewer is concerned the number of signs is merely adding to the confusion. “For many who may be heading into the area for the first time in a long time, it is as clear as mud.”

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