$10 a year and 29 parks for car­pool­ers in Qtown

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

The Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil is at­tempt­ing to tackle the town’s traf­fic woes by pro­vid­ing cheap car parks for car­pool­ers.

For an an­nual $10 fee, 29 free car parks in Queen­stown will be avail­able for car­pool­ers car­ry­ing over three pas­sen­gers.

Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said the sys­tem would take about 60 cars off the road dur­ing the peak sea­son.

‘‘Car­pool­ing is a prag­matic way of re­duc­ing the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on our roads, free­ing up carparks and re­duc­ing our com­mu­nity’s car­bon foot­print,’’ he said.

The scheme, which rolls out on March 10, will re­serve 29 free carparks on Bound­ary St and Ballarat St for ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing more than three per­mit-car­ry­ing com­muters.

A coun­cil spokesman said 100 per­mits would be is­sued to com­muters liv­ing out­side of Queen­stown.

Valid for 12 months, the per­mits would be al­lo­cated on a ‘‘first-come first-served’’ ba­sis, the spokesman said.

Boult said the car­pool­ing scheme was a part of on­go­ing ef­forts to ad­dress traf­fic woes in Queen­stown.

‘‘If suc­cess­ful we will cer­tainly look at ex­pand­ing the scheme.’’

❚ Ap­ply for a per­mit on the QLDC web­site be­fore Fe­bru­ary 24.

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