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Australia : Cars in clearways to be towed under Operation Moving Traffic initiative.

Vehicles illegally parked in clearways, bus and bike lanes will be towed away and the registered owner billed for the cost under new laws to be put before Parliament. The initiative, which is part of the State Governments Operation Moving Traffic project, will remove obstacles which create delays and bottlenecks on arterial roads, particularly during peak periods.

Under the proposed laws, accredited towing contractors will be authorised by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to remove vehicles which are illegally parked in clearways, bus lanes and bicycle lanes. The vehicles will be moved to the closest safe location in most cases a nearby side street.

The cost of towing the vehicle will be recovered from the registered owner, who may also be liable for a fine of up to $257 for the parking offence. The model is similar to that used in New South Wales and will require changes to the Road Traffic Act.

The State Government is also extending clearway times on key arterial roads including Greenhill Road, where motorists are saving up to one minute during peak periods, despite a 6% increase in traffic volumes.

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Publication:Mena Report
Date:Jul 27, 2017
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