CAR BAN ‘A JOKE’
Parking time limits for Maungawhau’s summit should be looked into before a total car ban is approved, a tour bus operator says.
The Explorer bus service was one of the operators affected by the 2011 ban on buses from the summit.
Now owner Mark Gibson says he fears banning vehicles altogether will kill off one of Auckland’s most popular tourism spots.
‘‘There is no solution,’’ he says. ‘‘I don’t see why we should take away Auckland’s top tourist attraction.
‘‘To do it to all the mountains is just a joke,’’ he says, referring to the possibility the car ban will stretch to other summits in future.
He says the ban will put a large percentage of his customers at a disadvantage, such as elderly cruise ship passengers.
Auckland is expecting upwards of 300,000 cruise ship passengers in 2015, Gibson says. Most of these are over the age of 60.
Gibson says 10-minute parking time limits on the summit should be trialled.