App provides relief to parking problems
The answer to inner-city parking costs could be right at your fingertips.
Aucklanders Warwick Beauchamp, Brody Nelson and Toby Litton are taking a creative low-cost approach to solve the city's parking woes.
Their new app Parkable allows people to make use of redundant space throughout the city.
"We're fixing a problem that many Aucklanders face every day," Litton says.
"People spend hours looking for a park and sometimes it can be really off-putting if you're wanting to go into the city."
The trio got together after Litton racked up $160 in parking fines.
"We thought there must be an easier way," he says.
Hosts can advertise their parking space and how much they want to charge. Drivers can see what's available and select by price.
Auckland Transport raised its maximum weekday rate at the Downtown, Civic and Victoria Street car parking buildings to $24 on August 1.
A park in Wynyard Quarter could be found for $10 a day on Parkable.
Beauchamp says the city is littered with empty business-owned or private parks every day.
"We had one guy sign up who has a space at his apartment right in the central city," he says.
"He's not there using it during the day so other people can now come in and make the most of it."
The app launched in mid August offering 170 parks for the Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park.
Since then parks have been popping up throughout the inner city.
Beauchamp says the idea is to create a community around parking "that helps each other out".
"So many cafes and restaurants don't have good parking options," he says.
"There might be a business close by that has free space. People can find a park nice and close without any hassle."