City parking prices to change
Major changes to city centre parking will come into force next month.
Auckland Transport is to make the first changes to pricing since 2005.
It is part of an effort to steer people away from on-street parking for long periods in the central city and towards parking buildings, chief executive Greg Edmonds says.
Under the proposal there will be three parking zones in the central city.
On-street parking prices will remain unchanged at $4 per hour for the first two hours in the core city area and after two hours prices will increase relative to the zone.
There will be no time limit on the zones and there will be a 10-minute grace period in all spots for motorists before they need to pay.
Currently parking in the city is free after 6pm but under the changes this will be 10pm.
Auckland Transport is planning to reduce the peak casual hourly rate to $3 in the Civic, Downtown and Victoria St car parks, to make parking buildings more attractive to use.
The current rate is $5.50 per hour for the first two hours and $4 or $5 per hour thereafter.
A daily maximum charge of $17 will be introduced replacing the current maximum of $29.
‘‘Car parking buildings are also a good option, particularly at night, because they are well-lit and have security measures,” Mr Edmonds says.
Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney says for many years parking has been seen as a major reason not to come into the city.
‘‘We see the changes as a significant change in approach to parking in the city. It recognises the ‘moving feast’ of parking demands of our businesses and their customers. It’s a major step forward and we are sure we will be looking back in a year and see significant improvement.’’
More than 700 submissions were received by Auckland Transport on the changes after consultation in June. Prices will be reviewed after six months.