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Drivers are still parking in the new Orange bus zone outside ALDI - $283 fines on the way

September 16, 2022

The new bus zone outside ALDI. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

By Peter Holmes

Old habits die hard, and the evidence is outside the ALDI supermarket on Peisley Street.

A strip of road that had previously been used for parking has been rezoned into a bus stop as part of a significant upgrade of city routes.

The signage is in place, and as of Monday (September 12, 2022) new bus routes were being used.

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However this hasn't stopped motorists from using the bus stop for parking.

The Orange News Examiner sought information from Orange City Council on the new bus stops, and whether rangers were warning motorists or fining them.

Vehicles parked illegally out the front of ALDI this week. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

"The new bus zone outside the Aldi Supermarket in Peisley Street is one of a number of new bus zones around Orange linked to the major expansion of bus routes in Orange by Transport for NSW, which began this week," said a council spokesperson.

The spot outside ALDI is now considered by as one of "three major bus stops in Orange that have been designated to operate 24/7". The others are on Summer Street.

As to whether fines were already being issued, they said: "Whenever there’s a change to parking arrangements in Orange, council parking rangers routinely issue warning notices before issuing fines to drivers."

No time frame was given on how long motorists would be given the benefit of the doubt.

The spokesperson said that with the expansion of public transport services across Orange it was "crucial the buses can pull into a bus zone without interruption".

The fine for stopping a in a bus zone is $283.

You can see the new bus timetables here.

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