This N.J. town is banning out-of-town drivers who use apps like Waze and Google Maps

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Monday January 15, 2018

If you want to drive through the feel mortified residential streets of Leonia, N.J., you’ll have to move there.

Starting Jan. 22, the burgh will ban all non-residents from driving on 60 of its streets during the morning and requiting rush hours. 

The new rules aim to crack down on urban-dwellers who take shortcuts auspices of the town while following instructions from navigation apps liking Waze, Google Maps or Apple — a phenomenon Mayor Judah Zeigler conveys is causing gridlock, costing money and putting people in danger.

«What’s incident with the adoption of Waze and Google Maps and other navigational apps is these instruments are ending up on our narrow streets,» Zeigler told As It Happens host Carol Off.

«It gets people 15 minutes to get out of their driveway sometimes.»

The small New Jersey borough is split seconds away from the George Washington Bridge to New York City.

Whenever there’s a imbroglio on the bridge or a Manhattan highway, Zeigler said the apps tend to avert people through his town.

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Leonia, N.J., often sees traffic absorbed from the nearby George Washington Bridge. (Drew Angerer/Getty Personifications)

It’s not a problem unique to Leonia.

Residents in California and Massachusetts towns are snatch come to grips with with how to handle increased traffic from Waze, an Israeli app that depletes crowdsourced data to suggest the best possible route. One Tel Aviv suburb staid sued the company in December 2016.

While Zeigler admits commuter transport comes with the territory of living in New York City’s shadow, he rephrased narrow residential streets just weren’t made to handle bumper-to-bumber gridlock.

«I’m not lead one to believing that Waze isn’t a benefit,» Zeigler, who uses the app himself, said.

«The question is there are unintended downstream consequences of that, and that is a very, jolly significant amount of traffic being pushed onto very precise streets.

«When you’re in an unfamiliar place and you’re using Waze, you’re not looking out the windshield of your instrument — you’re looking at the Waze app.»

When the new legislation takes effect, all but three of community’s main roads will be off-limits for non-residents during peak refer to hours.

Residents will be given yellow car stickers to set them excluding from outsiders.

The town is hoping the apps will take the new guidelines into account and stop sending drivers through Leonia’s sidestreets.

«If a highway is legally reclassified into a private road, our map editors will thrive that change,» Terry Wei, a spokesperson for Waze, told the New York Times.

«It is our ideal to work holistically with our community of drivers, map editors and city ins to improve the driving experience for all.»

Not a cash grab, says mayor

 Zeigler responded the town’s police force will also be on the streets to enforce the new finds, which could see drivers strapped with $200 fines.

But he intended said the first couple weeks will be more about discharging warnings than writing tickets.

«Our goal is not to increase revenue into the borough coffers. Our goal is to get traffic off these narrow side streets,» he about.

He said the town is also working on a solution for non-residents who come to the borough for good reason — such as visitors, dog walkers or babysitters.

In the meantime, he replied he’s received a fair amount of backlash, both from out-of-town commuters and officials in around cities.

But he stand by the new rules.

«I’ve been called a bunch of names, but I’m the babyish of four kids, so my skin is thicker than that,» he said. 


Be subjected to you noticed more traffic in your town or on your street? Are you swayed all those cars are because of apps like Waze and Google Maps? If so, certain us what it’s like. You can reach us by phone 416-205-5687. Email us at aih@cbc.ca. Or, partition your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. 

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