Camper­vans clog streets, hog res­i­den­tial park­ing

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JACK­SON THOMAS

Auck­land res­i­dents are fed up with camper­vans block­ing their streets and fear the city’s hous­ing cri­sis is mak­ing the mat­ter worse.

Tom McVeigh said camper­vans parked on the road side were ‘‘an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen’’.

He wants by­laws in­tro­duced that would ban the prac­tice. A camper­van had been parked across the road from his house on Taranaki Rd for sev­eral months and caused headaches for af­ter school com­muters in par­tic­u­lar, he said.

‘‘There were some real in­ter­est­ing times when the school buses came through and traf­fic was held up as the roads are just too nar­row,’’ McVeigh said.

Orakei res­i­dent Viv Small said she had two camper­vans clog­ging her street, tak­ing up enough space for sev­eral cars. Af­ter call­ing the

‘‘My flat­mates had to park miles away from my house when they got home from work’’ Viv Small, Orakei res­i­dent

coun­cil, the camper­vans moved on, Small said.

‘‘Aside from be­ing an an­noy­ing eye­sore, my flat­mates had to park miles away from my house when they got home from work be­cause there was no space,’’ she said.

Auck­land Trans­port’s (AT) code of prac­tice said if res­i­dents had con­cerns about on-street park­ing, they could re­quest AT to in­ves­ti­gate. Traf­fic engi­neers would as­sess the road and could rec­om­mend changes.

There are roughly 4,500 reg­is­tered camper­vans on Auck­land roads, the New Zealand Mo­tor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion said.

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