Sydney adopts Olympic traffic standards for WYD
The NSW Government has announced the appointment of a transport expert, Roy Wakelin-King, as coordinator of the World Youth Day Authority, which will have traffic management powers similar to those at the 2000 Olympics.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the tough new laws introduced for the duration of the event create dedicated traffic lanes, enable the closure of roads with or without public notice, streamline the approval process for World Youth Day (WYD) venues and lift noise restrictions at event sites.
NSW Minister for Transport, John Watkins, told the Herald that the powers will be similar to those of the Sydney Olympic Co-ordination Authority.
The newly formed WYD Co-ordination Authority will appoint local rangers to issue on-the-spot fines for traffic and parking violations.
Individuals and companies who operate illegal car parks within five kilometres of venues face fines up to $25,000.
Motorists who contravene dedicated traffic lanes set for WYD risk a fine of $2,200.
The Herald also reports that the penalty for illegally selling or distributing products in public places or close to the venue or facility will be $5000.
Organisers say WYD will be the largest youth event in the world, to be held in July next year. It is expected to attract up to 500,000 young Catholic pilgrims.
Sydney's Randwick Racecourse will be the site of the celebration's closing Mass with Pope Benedict. The event will also involve a walk across Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge.
State gets tough for visit by Pope (Sydney Morning Herald, 19/1/07)
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22 Jan 2007