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.

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