A Hamilton man has blasted the state government for fining motorists on the first night its new after-hours bus stops appeared on the map.
Geoff Webber left his car outside The Exchange Hotel in Hamilton on the night of Friday, September 3, only to return Saturday to find a $201 fine on his windscreen.
Unbeknown to him the space became a bus zone between midnight and 3am.
It is one of eight new late-night bus stops announced by the state government last month. The ‘‘Hassle Free Nights’’ stops complement a revamped after-hours bus timetable and have been designed to improve late-night transport options.
Mr Webber said he had been parking outside his local, The Exchange Hotel, for almost a decade.
He said he did not see a parking sign had been installed and it was difficult to see given the ‘‘modest’’ lighting in the vicinity.
Mr Webber said State Transit could have installed better signage and given motorists who missed the signs a warning.
A State Transit spokeswoman said Newcastle City Council rangers, Newcastle Buses, and police were all monitoring parking in Beaumont Street on the first night of the new scheme.
‘‘When someone parks illegally in a bus zone it prevents the bus from safely picking up passengers at the bus stop,’’ she said.