Trial of ‘no lim­its’ park­ing for city

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

Mo­torists are now able to park all day in me­tered spaces around Palmer­ston North.

A Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil trial of ‘‘no lim­its’’ park­ing be­gan on Mon­day, and will con­tinue un­til July next year.

Where there are ‘‘$P All Day’’ signs, mo­torists can park for as long as they like pro­vided they keep the me­ters topped up.

‘‘All-day parks will be clearly marked with new sig­nage and up­dated in­for­ma­tion at the me­ters,’’ city road­ing man­ager Graeme Tong said.

‘‘All-day parks will be clearly marked with new sig­nage and up­dated in­for­ma­tion at the me­ters’’ Graeme Tong

Park­ers are of­fered a choice of eight dif­fer­ent pay­ment op­tions in­clud­ing coins, by credit card and by text mes­sage.

‘‘You can also pay us­ing the Frog­park­ing mo­bile app, which al­lows you to make pay­ments from wher­ever you are in the city so you don’t have to re­turn to your car,’’ Tong said.

The park­ing credit app is free to down­load.

Mayor Grant Smith said the coun­cil was look­ing for­ward to re­ceiv­ing feed­back about the all­day park­ing trial, and was con­fi­dent it would bring more peo­ple into the city cen­tre with sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for retailers and other busi­nesses.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful trial ear­lier in the year, free park­ing in me­tered spaces un­til 11am on Satur­day morn­ings is now per­ma­nent.

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