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Vehicles risk fines cutting through Cuba Mall

Dec 4th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

MOTORBIKE and moped users who have taken to using Cuba Mall risk a fine of $150, warns Wellington City Council.

While commercial delivery drivers are allowed to drive on the mall between 5am and 10am Monday to Saturday if no alternative entry is available, private vehicles are not allowed to use it as a thoroughfare.

The Mall is a shared area and both pedestrians and vehicles need to show common sense and courtesy, says WCC spokesman Richard MacLean.

“Delivery vehicles aren’t banned from the mall. We have to acknowledge that they have to do their work. Most regular delivery drivers know that they have to use their brain.”

Referred to a recent case of a motorbike carrying a rider and pillion passenger using the mall, he said: “If we had spotted him or someone took his registration number he would have been in trouble.

Mr MacLean says oil spots left on Cuba Mall by vehicles are not a good look, but little can be done unless the culprit can be found.

If the problem continues he says WCC may look into ways of tracking down offending vehicles.

Although technically riding a bike on a footpath is illegal, the council takes a relaxed attitude, but urges cyclists to keep their speed down.

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