An Auckland man is spending hundreds of dollars a month on taxi fares to avoid damage to his car from chip seal, Stuff reveals. New Zealand uses chip seals on low and medium volume roads, and asphalt on high volume roads. But residents of Ellerslie’s Michaels Ave, which was resurfaced in March, say stones get pulled off the road easily, damaging cars and endangering cyclists. One resident raised the issues with Auckland Transport “a dozen” times, but the official response had been another road sweep to gather up loose stones.