LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
obstructing the line of sight of driveways and intersections. On many intersections it is impossible to see oncoming traffic before advancing into it!
The city does not require users of free parking spaces to give any thought to the dangers they cause or costs they incur. Encouraging parking in the inner city by providing it at less than real market rates creates huge inefficiencies: Commuting vehicles generally transport single persons, fill the roads at commuting hours, emit wasteful pollutants and clog local communities during the day.
The city then holds public transport to ransom by constantly increasing fares to cover costs that are a consequence of its free parking: buses cannot run to timetable as streets are full of cars obstructing their flow, and so cannot attract riders, requiring yet more fare-raises.
Public transport must be made cheap enough to be attractive. It should be subsidised by charging real market rates for commuter vehicle parking.
There should be restrictions on SUVs parking in inner-city areas, and on the distance they can park from intersections and driveways.
Soho Square could provide a park-and-ride for commuters, with frequent affordable public transport servicing the area (buses at 10-minute intervals is not frequent enough in rushhour). Auckland could take a leaf out of Wellington’s book and initiate neighbourhood coupon parking to discourage commuters from offloading in the inner-city.
Once the roads are clear of all this parking, we will finally be able to see the children.