A man in New Zealand has taken road traffic safety his own hands. For the past 20 years, Russell Taylor has been illegally painting yellow parking-restriction lines the road outside his house. Mr Taylor told the BBC news agency that the reason his actions was to improve traffic safety his neighborhood the capital, Wellington. He also wanted to protest gentrification. Mr Taylor said he initially painted the yellow lines after becoming fed with the local council's lack interest in following residents' complaints road safety. He explained that he had seen numerous accidents and near-collisions his narrow street and that his actions have made the road safer.
Wellington City Council confirmed it was aware the road markings and that they would be removed. It pointed that it was illegal to install "fake traffic devices," such as Taylor's homemade yellow lines. It said: "We're aware problems and complaints parking Holloway Road, and that the fire service had trouble getting to a house fire there the past year because parked vehicles." It also said it would be meeting residents to discuss the idea installing no parking signs. The council added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted his illegal road markings. It said: "Given the glorious and healthy history civic activism in Holloway Road, we would rather not pick an unnecessary fight."