A third parking zone has been added and fees adjusted to Auckland Transport plans to make motorists use parking buildings.
In June Auckland Transport announced plans to create two central city parking zones, do away with time-restricted parking and charge motorists more the longer they park up until 10pm.
The initial parking areas were a central zone from Quay St to Mayoral Dr and an outer zone including Freemans Bay and the university.
A third zone around Union St and Wynyard Quarter has now been mooted.
Parking in the central zone was going to cost $5 for the first hour and $8 an hour afterwards, but is now proposed to be a dollar cheaper, $4 an hour for the first two hours.
The first two hours in the outer zone remains the same, $3 an hour, but thereafter the fee has increased a dollar from $5 to $6 an hour.
Parking in the Wynyard Quarter zone will cost $2 an hour.
It's hoped the proposal will encourage motorists to park in car park buildings, with a daily maximum charge lowered to $17 a day. The daily maximum currently costs $29.
Peak casual hourly rates in Auckland Transport's Civic, Downtown and Victoria St car parks will be lowered to $3 an hour. The current rate is $5.50 an hour for the first two hours and $4 or $5 each hour thereafter.
Heart of the City chairman, Alex Swney, welcomed the changes.
"In this city that has more cars than it does registered drivers, the role of car parking has a significant impact on how well business performs," he said.
"All free parking does is fill up the streets and car park buildings on a first-come first-served basis and kill parking capacity. Clearly free parking in a CBD environment is unsustainable."
He added that it was "all about making the best use" of the city's 2800 on-street car parks and the 3500 council-owned car parks.
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