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By Phoebe Falconer

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Pedestrian crossing. Photo / Richard Robinson
Pedestrian crossing. Photo / Richard Robinson

When I'm out walking and the cross-now light turns green at an intersection, left-turning cars give way to me. What happens if I have been a little late in pressing the button and straight- through traffic has just got the green light? Do I have to wait, or do I have right of way over left-turners, even though there is a red man on the crossing light? Nicola Westoby, Auckland.
You wait.

I recently parked on Jasper Ave, Mt Roskill. There were no signs other than broken yellow lines a metre out from the kerb (to indicate a bus stop or loading zone). I was told by a security guard nearby that I would be towed because it was a taxi stand, despite no signage. I moved my car as I did not want the risk of being towed, but was the guard correct? (I later saw the sign was on the ground behind some shrubs, but could not see the metal sign as it was face down.) Tasi Raut, Mt Roskill.
A broken yellow line such as you describe generally indicates that this is a taxi rank, bus stop or goods loading zone, and you were wise not to park there. It would be nice if someone put the sign up again so other drivers were aware of the parking restriction.

I'm on a mission to modernise the Birkenhead Transport Co. Can you have them explain why they have no Eftpos facilities at their main ticket office? They only take cash or a cheque. Patrick Morrison, Birkenhead.
Robert Inwards, general manager at Birkenhead Transport, said the company was waiting on the implementation of the Auckland Integrated Fare System (AIFS), which is expected to go live in November, and then Eftpos would be made available.

My wife and I wish to use the T3 lane down Onewa Rd with our 3-month-old daughter in her capsule. Is there a way, or a process in place, so as not to get a ticket from the council if they cannot see the capsule in the backseat and therefore believe there are only two people in the car? Andrew Feary, Northcote.
One solution is to get one of those Baby on Board signs and hang it in the window. However, one could argue that if we all had one of those, we could all drive in at least T2 lanes with apparent impunity. Producing a photo of the infant in her capsule in the car might help convince the council in the event you are ticketed. Does anyone have a better solution?

* Thank you for the suggestions about the origin of the name Gold Hole. One is that barges laden with sulphur used to land at nearby Sulphur Point, and sulphur is yellow. Another less savoury idea is that there used to be a long-drop toilet there, and young boys called it the Gold Hole.

- NZ Herald

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