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#143865 29-Apr-2014 21:43
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I received a moving vehicle violation in the mail about a month ago, from Auckland Transport, alleging I had used a Special (bus) lane in Auckland CBD.
I was very confident I had not used the lane inappropriately and wrote a letter, noting the fact you had to use the lane to cross over twice in order to make two left turns.
Google earth also showed two other vehicles performing the same manoeuvre, leaving the same street, images which I included in my letter. I also asked that; should they not waive the fine, that they include the evidence of the violation.

Well I received the letter today, explaining they are not going to waive the fine and included their alleged evidence which was used to base their claim.

The images themselves don't really match what they're claiming, which is "You were observed in excess of the maximum length of 50 meters allowed [in the special lane]"

The problem is, the evidence they included shows that my vehicles drivers wheel was over the line heading into the correct lane, pulling out of the intersection, which indicates my car was pulling in behind a vehicle into the correct lane. The last picture they show is of my vehicle, just passing the bus stop (not bus lane, based on the road markings).

I used google maps to at least give an indication of where likely you would have had to have turned into the bus lane in order to exceed the 50m allowed limit, and it appears to not match up with their claims/evidence, further cementing my claim that I an innocent and if nothing else, that this is just a simple misunderstanding of a very unfortunate piece of road design.


Now, my question: How many of you have defended their ticket in court? 

What are the pro's and cons of doing so? 

I guess one of my main worries is, while I am absolutely certain of my innocence, if by chance I was found guilty by a court, would this be something I need to declare to my insurance company?





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  #1050308 21-May-2014 10:27
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So the footage finally arrived.

After reviewing the footage, to the letter of the law I am at fault - I did go into the other (correct lane) lane (i.e. more than 50%), but my passenger wheel didn't leave the bus lane, therefore I was in breach of the 50 meter rule.

I'll eat my words and watch myself in those situations :)





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