Honesty needed in parks
Guilt prevents people abusing an honesty system for car-sharing parks, according to Auckland Transport, but commuters claim they are misused.
Carpool parks are located at Albany busway station and Devonport and Birkenhead ferry terminals.
The car parks were introduced by the North Shore City Council in 2010 and are parking spots for cars carrying two or more people.
Auckland Transport (AT) media manager Mark Hannan said parking officers monitored the carparks and no infringements have been issued for misuse. ‘‘There is a high level of honesty with these parks and we have had very few issues,’’ Hannan said.
A review of the carpool parks by Auckland University students, which found that more than 90 per cent of people comply with the carpool parking rules.
‘‘People felt guilty if they parked in them when they shouldn’t,’’ Hannan said.
However, commuters said that parking rule-breakers are not uncommon. On a North Shore Times Facebook post, Natasha Tristram said: ‘‘We used to use them and have seen one person [single occupant] park in them many times!’’ Julie Hart wrote: ‘‘I have occasionally seen one person park in a two-person park at Birkenhead ... Apparently there is a video cam aimed there?’’
Carpool parking signage at Albany Bus Station, where AT mainly relies on honesty.