Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013
Auckland Transport and Auckland Council have adopted complementary Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaws. Auckland Transport's Board approved the Auckland Transport Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013 (PDF 316KB) on 21 November 2013. The bylaw rules are additional to other legislation about the use of public places, and activities undertaken within public places.
The Auckland Transport Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013 controls activities on roads and public transport infrastructure to:
Manage the effects of, or behaviours associated with, certain activities that can either create a nuisance, are intimidating, threatening or impact on public perceptions of safety;
Manage the use of public places by regulating against damage or misuse of structures, property and assets owned, managed or under the control of Auckland Transport;
Ensure that safe and accessible public places are provided for the use of everyone in the community by minimising uncontrolled use and occupation of roads including footpaths and access ways;
Control certain activities and behaviours relating to safety and nuisance in public transport infrastructure and roads;
Ensure that street names and building numbers are provided and maintained to ensure that the public, delivery and emergency services have easy access to premises.
The bylaw comes into effect on 26 May 2014 and will replace either in full or partially, eleven legacy bylaws. The legacy bylaws remain in place until that date.
Read more on the Auckland Council website.
Bylaw making and operation
There are two primary bylaw-making entities in Auckland – the Auckland Council and Auckland Transport. Local boards may propose bylaws to the Governing Body of Council that will only apply only in that local board. Other Road Controlling Authorities in the region also have bylaw making powers under the Land Transport Act 1998
Bylaws made by the former local authorities remain in force and are administered as follows:
Auckland Transport - bylaws which are transport-related and apply to the Auckland transport system are deemed to have been made by Auckland Transport. These bylaws remain in force until they are confirmed, amended or revoked in accordance with the statute under which they were enacted, or were last reviewed.
Auckland Council - all other bylaws (including those that are transport-related but do not apply to the Auckland transport system) are deemed to have been made by the Auckland Council and will remain in force until 31 October 2015, unless they are earlier confirmed, amended or revoked by the Auckland Council, with the exception of:
Auckland Transport Bylaws
Auckland Transport is responsible for bylaws that are necessary for the management of local roads and public transport made under the Land Transport Act 1998 (or deemed to be made under that Act) and the Local Government Act 2002 that apply to the Auckland transport system.
Legacy bylaws were made by Auckland’s seven local councils before Auckland Council and Auckland Transport were established.