Parking time limit trial kicks off
There’s movement on central city parking. The City Council began trialling a one-hour extension to central metered parking limits on Monday, meaning motorists can now retain their paid parking space for up to three hours. The trial runs until the end of June when it will be reviewed.
From this Saturday, free parking in metered spaces will be available until eleven on Saturday mornings, with that trial running until the end of April.
Agreed to by city councillors just before Christmas, it has taken until now to recalibrate the sensor software and meters, and change the signs to P180.
Critics of the Frog sensor parking system have been lobbying for more flexibility to allow time for hair appointments, meetings and shopping since the sysyem was adopted in 2011.
Mayor Grant Smith is confident about the trials.
‘‘We think it’ll be more convenient for shoppers and encourage them to spend longer in the central business district which has got to be good for retailers.’’
While the parking concessions fell short of the ‘one hour free for everyone’ deal Grant favoured, they would help attract more people into the central city and make it more relaxing for them to stay and shop.
A one-hour extension of free weekday morning parking for exempt Super Gold card holders was adopted in December.
New time limits for paid parking space are being trialled in the central city.