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Traffic lights

Traffic lights not working? Report it!

We have a monitoring process in place for identifying faults in the system but we always appreciate a call to tell us about any faults. When you report a fault please let us know the direction you were travelling and both of the roads names at the intersection.


Getting the traffic lights to go green

Most traffic lights in New Plymouth can detect waiting scooters, bicycles and motorbikes.

The detector loops beneath the road surface work on magnetic fields not weight, so even a bicycle should be picked up and trigger a lights change if they stop in the right place.

Scooter and traffic loops marked

The area where the large box is drawn is where cars should stop, but the small box is the ideal spot for lighter vehicles.

Note that the scooter rider in this picture has stopped too far forward to prompt the traffic lights to change – always stop behind the painted lines at an intersection.

(Cyclists who want to trigger the dedicated cycling traffic lights phase at the Liardet/Molesworth intersection should stop on the painted cycle lane on Liardet Street, or press the button on the north-eastern corner of the intersection.)