CAR BAN ‘A JOKE’

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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.

Mark Gib­son

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