Pursuant to subclause 3.4(1) of Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004 (the Rule) and a delegation from the NZ Transport Agency, I, Glenn Bunting, Network Manager, authorise the installation and maintenance of on-site storage devices for school patrol stop signs:
- for the purpose described in Schedule 1;
- in the form and layout, set out in Schedule 2;
- at the locations stated in Schedule 3;
- for the period specified in Schedule 4; and
- subject to an evaluation in accordance with Schedule 5.
The on-site storage devices may be installed for the purpose of evaluating their use and the trial will be called the “School patrol signs on-site storage trial”.
Schedule 1—Purpose of trial
The purpose of the trial is to:
- evaluate the effectiveness and safety of installing storage devices for school patrol stop signs on the white poles at school crossing points (kea crossings) as an alternative to complying with clause 8.4(7) of the Rule; and
- identify the costs and benefits of storing the school patrol stop signs on-site, in the storage devices when the school patrol is not operating.
Schedule 2—Form and layout of storage devices
- The storage devices must be designed to enclose the circular panel of a school patrol stop sign so that it is not readily visible when folded into the storage device.
- The storage devices may also be used to store the fluorescent “Children” flag signs, provided they are not readily visible when stored.
- The colour of the storage devices and all fittings must be white or grey, except as permitted in Schedule 2(g).
- A storage device may be mounted on the white pole used to hinge the school patrol stop sign at a school crossing point.
- The handle of the school patrol stop sign must be white, or the storage device must shield the handle so that no black and white bands are visible when the school patrol sign is folded into the storage device.
- The storage devices must be oriented to present the smallest possible dimensions to vehicular traffic approaching the school crossing point.
- The surfaces of the storage device facing the footpath or the roadway may display a road safety message for pedestrians, provided that message is not readily visible or distracting to vehicular traffic approaching the school crossing point.
The following school crossing points are approved for this trial:
- The school crossing point on Isobel Road at Greenhithe School, Greenhithe, under the control of Auckland Transport;
- The school crossing point on Roberts Street at Dyer Street School, Epuni, under the control of Hutt City Council;
- The school crossing point on Horoeka Street at Tawhai School, Stokes Valley, under the control of Hutt City Council.
Schedule 4—Period of trial
The trial may begin after the publication of this notice and, unless terminated earlier, must end by 31 December 2015 (a period of approximately 12 months).
An evaluation must be undertaken and a report prepared which includes discussion and analysis of the following:
- The safety of pedestrians at school crossing points with the storage system compared to crossing points without the storage system; and
- compliance of drivers and pedestrians at crossing points with the storage system compared to crossing points without the storage system; and
- driver and pedestrian perceptions of the storage system; and
- the operation and durability of the storage system; and
- the costs and benefits of installing and maintaining the storage system.
The evaluation report must be sent to me by 29 February 2016.
Signed at Wellington this 26th day of January 2015.
GLENN BUNTING, Network Manager.