Contact your local council to find out if there is a policy concerning alcohol advertising on, or around, public transport.
If there is an existing policy:
Find out what the policy does and does not include. Does it ban all alcohol advertisements on public transport?
Find out which agency which is responsible for enforcing the policy. Sometimes, it is the responsibility of the bus company rather than the Council to adhere to and enforce the policy.
- Making a complaint
You can make a complaint if you believe there has been a breach of the policy.
Gather as much information as possible about the breach, e.g. time, place, bus route, alcohol advertisement.
Report the complaint to the group which enforces the policy.
Take a photo if possible
Where to find further information
Public Transport Agency – raise your concern to the public transport agency in your region so that they can commence investigation. Even if they are not responsible for advertisements on public transport, it is still worthwhile to raise the concern to them because they will have the contract with bus companies.
Link to public transport agencies in major cities:
- Auckland – https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/
- Wellington – https://www.metlink.org.nz/
- Christchurch – http://www.metroinfo.co.nz/Pages/default.aspx
- Dunedin - http://www.orc.govt.nz/Information-and-Services/Buses/
- NZ Bus – NZ Bus is one of the biggest service providers in New Zealand. If it is the policy of NZ Bus that advertisements are banned, then you can write to them about the possible offence. Go to NZ bus for contact details - http://www.nzbus.co.nz/.
- Public Health Unit – Your local public health unit may be able to assist you in the process. Visit MY DHB for your local district health boards - http://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/my-dhb.
If there is no existing policy that relates to alcohol advertising on, and around, public transport:
Collect evidence on alcohol advertising on public transport in your community. Include this information in an incident log.
Contact your local council to ask why a policy has not been developed, or whether it is currently being written. Try to find out the date(s) when the bus contracts will be renewed – this is an important time to request that the transport agency consider imposing restrictions on alcohol advertising in the bus company’s renewal contract.
Highlight the importance of alcohol advertising in your community, please check out the section on Mobilising Others - click here for information on how to seek others in the community who are interested and how to get your message across (advocate).