Parking Charges

June 7th, 2012 at 2:08 pm by David Farrar

NewstalkZb reports:

Auckland motorists are in line to be hit hard in the pocket if they want to park in the CBD in future.

Consultation is underway for Auckland Transport’s proposal to remove time restrictions and replace them with a single approach to pricing.

It’ll see hourly rates of between three and five dollars for the first hour, and between five and eight dollars each hour thereafter – so potentially costing around $30 for four hours’ parking.

Auckland Transport’s Mark Hannan says if people are parking all day, they should be looking at parking buildings instead.

“The aim is basically to get people moving in and out all the time. We don’t want people to park all day on city streets.”

The consultation period runs until July 1.

I quite like the idea of higher charges for longer periods. I agree streetside parking should be for relatively short periods of time – a quick shop, a meal etc. More than 90 minutes or so, and you should be in a parking building.

 

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18 Responses to “Parking Charges”

  1. CJPhoto (227 comments) says:

    That sounds cheap. I paid $3 per half hour in the city recently in a parking building – on a SUNDAY.

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  2. immigant (950 comments) says:

    Parking buildings can cost just as much.

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  3. slijmbal (1,236 comments) says:

    most parking in the CBD is already pay and display.

    Are they after the free parking on the other side of the domain?

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  4. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    The other alternative of course is to avoid the CBD and park for free at your local Westfield.

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  5. tvb (4,502 comments) says:

    Where can you get all day parking in Auckland that is not in a building anyway. Parking is not difficult to get in Auckland but you pay for it.

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  6. Nick K (1,256 comments) says:

    Park for an hour. Remove ticket from dashboard. Drive out, and back in, and park again for another hour. Place new ticket on dashboard. Repeat.

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  7. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    Nick K, what’s the point?

    We park for free here just make sure you don’t stop over some cowshit.

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  8. Kokila Patel (13 comments) says:

    This is a change in tact – I thought a few years ago they wanted more people coming to the CBD, so some parking charges decreased!

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  9. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Would be great to have an open ended ticket connected to your cellphone that you just pay at the end. Nothing worse that pulling meetings short so you don’t get towed when you’d be happy to pay $10-20 for another hours parking. Likewise it’d be great for plenty of shops if you could stop for 10 minutes without paying for 30-60.

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  10. campit (467 comments) says:

    Seems like a good move by Auckland Transport. To cater for people that need nip in to a place there is a 10 minute grace period for on street parking. They are also implementing a zone system to make parking rules uniform. More at http://transportblog.co.nz/

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  11. PaulP (155 comments) says:

    labrator

    A system like that has been introduced in Wellington. You don’t pay at the end but if you get back to your car earlier you text “stop” and you get a credit back to your account. And, you get sent a reminder text when about to expire so you can extend. Unfortunately though can’t extend beyond the usual 2 hour limit so not ideal and you have to register and preload your account with dosh.

    It’s Phone2Park rather than the text to park where you have to go to the meter and text the code etc. This one you can text from your car (rather than the Wgtn wind and rain) and get the reminders. It’s called Phone2Park. I’ve been using it and it works well.

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  12. gump (1,661 comments) says:

    The CBD is dying. You only need to walk along Queen St to realise that.

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  13. KevinH (1,236 comments) says:

    Business houses in the CBD will find it difficult to attract staff if parking becomes expensive.Employee’s who live some distance from the CBD that don’t have reliable public transport will find the increased charges discouraging. The alternative is that some employer’s may have to pay their staff more as compensation.

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  14. graham (2,346 comments) says:

    I know several people who work in the CBD who park on the side of the road where its free and walk (myself included). There’s plenty of spots around if you don’t mind walking 20 minutes (I just tell myself I’m saving expensive gym fees).

    If the council tightens up parking in these currently free areas, I’ll just park a bit further out. Might have to throw the bike in the back of the car if the walk gets up to 30 minutes or more.

    Mind you this is probably in line with overseas trends. Had to pay something like ₤30 (yes, POUNDS!) for 4 hours parking in London last year.

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  15. St Hubbins (26 comments) says:

    It became clear to me some time ago that they don’t want you in the CBD if you’re in a car. This is just another reason to avoid the area. I’m sure the city retailers are stoked about this.

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  16. graham (2,346 comments) says:

    St Hubbins: But if you work in the city, you’re stuffed. Public transport doesn’t work for me for various reasons, not least of which is the sheer inconvenience.

    Hence I will continue to drive in and find ways to work around these charges.

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  17. Mr_Blobby (189 comments) says:

    It’s all bullshit and jelly beans.
    Has any body else noticed that for some time now the parking signs have not advertised the parking hour. You have to go to the machine to check. Preparation for extended parking hours.
    90% of the people wanting to park in the city want to park all day. 100% of the metered parks are for the other 10%.
    Extending the parking to 10pm has nothing to do with freeing up parking.
    It’s all about the Money. They are still sulking about being pinged on the Bus lane scam.
    It is hard not to say something whenever I see the Parking Scum walking around the streets. The real Wankers are of course there bosses.
    Personally I go out of my way to avoid the city centre and will only go there if parking is provided otherwise I decline to go. Bad news for any business that does not have customer/client parking available.

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  18. Scott B (23 comments) says:

    Council press release is here:

    http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/improving-transport/current-projects/Road/Pages/Central-City-Parking-Zone.aspx

    It includes a map of the area of the change.

    To those talking about city employes, The areas affected by this change pretty much all had time limits of 15,30,60,90 or 120 minutes, largely useless for most city workers.

    Generally these changes seem positive. Removal of time limits, discount on first hour etc, reduction in signage clutter etc.

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