Cam­per­vans clog­ging streets

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - JACK­SON THOMAS

Auck­land res­i­dents are fed up with cam­per­vans block­ing their streets and fear the city’s hous­ing cri­sis is mak­ing the mat­ter worse.

Ko­hi­marama res­i­dent Tom McVeigh said cam­per­vans parked on the road side were ‘‘an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen’’ and wanted by­laws in­tro­duced that would ban the prac­tice.

A camper­van had been parked across the road from his house on Taranaki Rd for sev­eral months, caus­ing headaches for af­ter school com­muters in par­tic­u­lar, he said.

‘‘There were some real in­ter­est­ing times when the school buses came through and traf­fic was held up as the roads are just too nar­row,’’ McVeigh said.

Orakei res­i­dent Viv Small said she had two cam­per­vans clog­ging her street, tak­ing up enough space for sev­eral cars.

The ve­hi­cles be­came an is­sue for res­i­dents, in­clud­ing her flat­mates, she said.

‘‘Aside from be­ing an an­noy­ing eye­sore, my flat­mates had to park miles away from my house when they got home from work be­cause there was no space,’’ she said.

Af­ter call­ing the coun­cil, the cam­per­vans moved on, Small said.

Auck­land Trans­port’s (AT) code of prac­tice said if res­i­dents had con­cerns about on-street park­ing, they could re­quest AT to in­ves­ti­gate.

Af­ter that, traf­fic en­gi­neers would as­sess the road and if they rec­om­mend a change, it is pub­licly con­sulted, then re­viewed, then the fi­nal de­sign goes to a traf­fic con­trol com­mit­tee for sign off.

An AT spokesper­son said nar­row roads were of­ten re­duced to park­ing on one side only, if deemed dan­ger­ous or a traf­fic risk.

While there were no spe­cific by­laws for cam­per­vans, AT said in­fringe­ment no­tices would be given if a ve­hi­cle breached gen­eral park­ing laws.

New Zealand Mo­tor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Lo­chore said cam­per­vans had just as much right to park on res­i­den- tial streets as other trucks and vans.

‘‘Most are no wider than trucks, which you see on streets all the time,’’ Lo­chore said.

‘‘The big­gest is­sue peo­ple have is just they plain do not like the look of them. That is what it comes down to re­ally.’’

There are roughly 4,500 reg­is­tered cam­per­vans on Auck­land roads, Lo­chore said.

JACK­SON THOMAS/FAIRFAX NZ

There are no spe­cific camper­van park­ing by­laws in Auck­land, AT says.

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