$10 a year and 29 parks for carpoolers in Qtown
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.