City parking changes come into force

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 19/11/2012
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TOP DOLLAR: Parking charges in central Auckland have been changed.

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Major changes to city centre parking are set to come into force today.

The changes, implemented by Auckland Transport, are part of an effort to steer people towards parking buildings rather than using on-street parking for long periods. 

On-street parking prices will remain unchanged at $4 per hour for the first two hours in the core city area and will change according to zone thereafter.

There will be no time limit on the zones and there will be a 10-minute grace period in all spots for motorists before they need to pay.

"This is a customer friendly option allowing quick pick-ups and drop offs and extends parking options for the likes of couriers and delivery companies", Greg Edmonds, Auckland Transport chief executive, said.

Parking in the city had been free after 6pm but under the changes motorists will have to pay until 10pm.

Auckland Transport is planning to reduce the peak casual hourly rate to $3 in the Civic, Downtown and Victoria St car parks, to make parking buildings more attractive to use.

The current rate is $5.50 per hour for the first two hours and $4 or $5 per hour thereafter.

A daily maximum charge of $17 will be introduced replacing the current maximum of $29.

Earlybird car parking times will also be changed from 9.30am to 8.30pm, to reflect the city's peak morning travel times.

Both on and off-street parking prices will be reviewed after six months.

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