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

  • January 16, 2018

If we wish to expostulate by a tiny residential streets of Leonia, N.J., you’ll have to pierce there.

Starting Jan. 22, a city will anathema all non-residents from pushing on 60 of a streets during a morning and dusk rush hours. 

The new manners aim to moment down on urban-dwellers who take shortcuts by a city while following instructions from navigation apps like Waze, Google Maps or Apple — a materialisation Mayor Judah Zeigler says is causing gridlock, costing income and putting people in danger.

“What’s function with a adoption of Waze and Google Maps and other navigational apps is these vehicles are finale adult on a slight streets,” Zeigler told As It Happens host Carol Off.

“It takes people 15 mins to get out of their drive sometimes.”

The tiny New Jersey precinct is mins divided from a George Washington Bridge to New York City.

Whenever there’s a problem on a overpass or a Manhattan highway, Zeigler said a apps tend to obstruct people by his town.


Leonia, N.J., mostly sees trade diverted from a circuitously George Washington Bridge. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It’s not a problem singular to Leonia.

Residents in California and Massachusetts towns are grappling with how to handle increased trade from Waze, an Israeli app that uses crowdsourced information to advise a best probable route. One Tel Aviv suburb even sued a company in Dec 2016.

While Zeigler admits commuter trade comes with a domain of vital in New York City’s shadow, he said narrow residential streets only weren’t done to handle bumper-to-bumber gridlock.

“I’m not suggesting that Waze isn’t a benefit,” Zeigler, who uses a app himself, said.

“The problem is there are unintended downstream consequences of that, and that is a very, really poignant volume of trade being pushed onto really slight streets.

“When you’re in an unknown place and you’re using Waze, you’re not looking out a windshield of your automobile — you’re looking during the Waze app.”

When a new legislation takes effect, all though 3 of town’s categorical roads will be off-limits for non-residents during rise pushing hours.

Residents will be given yellow automobile stickers to set them detached from outsiders.

The city is anticipating a apps will take a new manners into comment and stop promulgation drivers through Leonia’s sidestreets.

“If a highway is legally reclassified into a private road, a map editors will make that change,” Terry Wei, a orator for Waze, told a New York Times.

“It is a idea to work holistically with a village of drivers, map editors and city contacts to urge a pushing knowledge for all.”

Not a money grab, says mayor

 Zeigler said a town’s military force will also be on a streets to make a new rules, that could see drivers strapped with $200 fines.

But he pronounced pronounced a initial integrate weeks will be some-more about arising warnings than essay tickets.

“Our idea is not to boost income into a metropolitan coffers. Our idea is to get trade off these slight side streets,” he said.

He pronounced a city is also operative on a resolution for non-residents who come to a city for good reason — such as visitors, dog walkers or babysitters.

In a meantime, he pronounced he’s perceived a satisfactory volume of backlash, both from out-of-town commuters and officials in beside cities.

But he mount by a new rules.

“I’ve been called a garland of names, though I’m a youngest of 4 kids, so my skin is thicker than that,” he said. 

Have we beheld some-more trade in your city or on your street? Are we assured all those cars are since of apps like Waze and Google Maps? If so, tell us what it’s like. You can strech us by phone 416-205-5687. Email us at Or, share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. 

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