Proposed Light Motor Vehicle Prohibition in Gallagher Drive, Quentin Drive, Quail Place and Clow Place

Closed 11 Feb 2018

Opened 22 Jan 2018


Gallagher Dr, Quentin Dr and surrounding streets have a history of night time light vehicle problems such as noise, illegal driving behaviour (excessive speed, burnouts, etc), property vandalism (tagging) and rubbish dumping.

Hamilton City Council is proposing to help the New Zealand Police address these issues by imposing a night time light vehicle prohibition, under the Hamilton City Traffic Bylaw 2015, in the following streets:

  • Quentin Dr
  • Quail Pl
  • Gallagher Dr
  • Clow Pl

This means that cars, utes and vans will be banned from these streets between the hours of 9pm and 4am, unless they are there on legitimate business.


Legitimate road users are not affected by this proposal because business employees, residents, and anyone with a genuine reason for being on the street are exempt from the restrictions.

Why your views matter

The Light Motor Vehicle Prohibitions clause in the Hamilton City Traffic Bylaw 2015 allows the Council, by resolution, to restrict or prohibit any vehicle having a gross motor vehicle mass less than 3,500kg from being operated on a road between the hours of 9pm and 4am, except for legitimate users only, such as resident, business employees or passenger vehicles such as taxis. The purpose of the clause is to prevent nuisance and anti-social road users from accessing the street and creating problems.

Currently there are no streets in Hamilton with these restrictions.

Following community complaints, the Police have identified several areas around the city that are ‘hot spots’ for illegal and anti-social driving behaviour. The Police have asked the Council to work with them to implement a Light Motor Vehicle Prohibition in one of these locations to develop and refine a methodology that can be used in other locations. Council passed a resolution for this to happen at the 24 October 2017 Growth and Infrastructure Committee meeting.