Summary Offences Act 1981

22 Obstructing public way


Every person is liable to a fine not exceeding $1,000 who, without reasonable excuse, obstructs any public way and, having been warned by a constable to desist,—


continues with that obstruction; or


does desist from that obstruction but subsequently obstructs that public way again, or some other public way in the same vicinity, in circumstances in which it is reasonable to deem the warning to have applied to the new obstruction as well as the original one.


In this section—

obstructs, in relation to a public way, means unreasonably impedes normal passage along that way

public way means every road, street, path, mall, arcade, or other way over which the public has the right to pass and repass.

Compare: 1927 No 35 s 3(eee); 1958 No 87 s 2(1)

Section 22(1): amended, on 1 January 1998, by section 7 of the Summary Offences Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 97).

Section 22(1)(b): amended, on 23 November 1982, by section 2 of the Summary Offences Amendment Act 1982 (1982 No 102).