Park­ing time limit trial kicks off

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: JA­NINE RANKIN/FAIRFAX NZ

New time lim­its for paid park­ing space are be­ing tri­alled in the cen­tral city.

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