Parking

Can your husband back a trailer?

Ford is taking gay utes to a whole new level, by developing a trailer backing assist system.

I mean really, any bloke who gets one of those or needs it should just let their husband back the trailer.

For some sportsmen, facing off against a Cape buffalo at 50 yards is the ultimate white-knuckle moment. But for those who tow trailers, it just could be backing down a ramp or executing a Y-turn in a crowded staging area. Although these are really simple maneuvers, each is supremely unforgiving of input errors on the part of the driver. The biggest single issue seems to be mastering the idea that if you want the trailer to go to the right while backing down the ramp, you need to turn the front wheels to the left.

Ford believes it has a better idea, which is why it will be offering what it calls Pro Trailer Backup Assist in the 2016 F-150 pickup. Essentially, it’s a sophisticated guidance system that, in conjunction with a rear-mounted camera, takes control of the truck’s steering wheel and moves the front wheels for you. All you do is turn a knob located on the instrument panel (left to move the trailer to the left; right to move it to the right). You guide the trailer by looking at the instrument panel camera monitor and the side mirrors and adjusting the knob as needed to maintain the line you want.  The system determines vehicle speed (obviously very low) and steering input for you; you still retain full control of the brakes.

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The liveable city becomes less liveable as greedy Auckland Council tries to tax park and ride

Auckland Transport is unbelievable.

They want everyone to ditch driving themselves in order to fill up public transport. And so people do, encouraged by the council.

What happens next?

Auckland Transport has released a draft parking strategy today that also includes extending residents-only parking areas and lobbying the Government to raise infringement fines.

The agency said the recommendations were designed to reduce dependence on car travel and support development in town centres.

Its parking services manager Russell Derecourt said people using park-and-ride services at train and bus stations could be charged a small fee if certain criteria are met.   Read more »

Please don’t show Len or Auckland Transport this

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Parking fines have rocketed in Los Angeles, and so the Mayor and the council have launched new “informative” signs that supposedly are more helpful regarding parking enforcement.

Squinting out a car window to decipher a stack of pole-bound parking signs is one of L.A.’s more annoying experiences.

That could change starting this weekend, with the launch of a new sign aimed at making parking restrictions easier to understand. The chart-like sign features a series of green and red blocks that represent when parking is allowed, and when cars will be ticketed or towed.   Read more »

Do you put money in the parking meter? [POLL]

When I lived in Wellington I’d park my car on the street rather than in car park buildings. I almost never put money in the meter and took the risk of getting a ticket.

I averaged about one $10 fine a week which was really cheap parking.

In Auckland I sometimes do this, and get away with it more often than not…though the fines are a bit steeper, and there are some places that it is unwise to even try.

Deborah Hill Cone uses this method too.

I don’t gamble, I don’t take drugs, I pay my GST, but I do have my own secret vice. I never buy pay and display parking vouchers. I just take the punt that I won’t get a parking ticket. And then if I do get a fine – this week $12 for five hours in the hairdresser on Ponsonby Rd – quite reasonable really – I just put it in the pile and later go online and pay them all at once.

This seems to work quite efficiently as a system. It bypasses the time and effort of standing in a line and finding change or trying to work the complicated texting option. It also gives me a wanton buzz of being naughty and, just for a moment, defying the Big Brother machinery of bureaucracy; the cheap thrill of rebellion alone is probably worth the price of any parking tickets I incur.

And every time you return to your car and find there is no fluttering ticket under your windscreen wiper you get a little frisson of victory. Yes!    Read more »

Rules are for other people (Another union parking mess)

Via the tipline

SFWU vehicle illegally parked across road from parliament at 6.00 pm yesterday.

No driver in car, legal park behind and plenty around corner.

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I keep getting more of these than any other type of organisations.  When Whaleoil was running its bad parking awareness campaign last year, it was obvious how many times union vehicles were being pinged.

But they are such important people on important business.  It justifies it all.

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The Internet Mana Party really do want to break all the rules

via ODT

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Their message is all about disruption.  Just about everything they do is semi-anarchic and destructive of society in general.  And the general arrogance and disdain for even the most basic of human decencies is on display every day.

Here’s an example.  It may not be a “big deal”, but it illustrates their contempt for the rest of us.   Read more »

We’re from the left! Your rules don’t apply to us

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Earlier today in Onehunga, the Caropotamus crowd were out.

Want to play the “all the things wrong with this?” in the comments?  Off you go then.

If you are an MP, the small laws are really just suggestions

Some MPs have real entitlement problems.   Sue Moroney’s need to park anywhere she likes means the mother needs to push her pram onto the road to get past and back on the footpath that has been specifically designated so she can travel safely.

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Remember politicians, the Whale Oil Ground Crew are everywhere.  Even if it isn’t in your own makeup to do the right thing, you can trust us to make a fuss.

 

Len Brown parking madness [UPDATED]

The Ground Crew have been busy.

Our Mt Roskill correspondent reports:

Reporters on the scene at the new car park being created in Keith Hay Park, Mt Roskill have discovered that Len Brown’s plans for raising cash are in full swing.

The large public car parking area for people visiting the grounds, Tristar gym, and swimming pool is to have parking meters for every spot.

Locals are not impressed.

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[workers on site were interviewed for this news]

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Maybe the Greens can help Len Brown out with his little parking issue

Len Brown is antagonising people with his parking edict, an effort to replenish the coffers his profligate spending has depleted.

The problem Len Brown has is that no one talks to him anymore, he is a lame duck and so being snubbed by everyone eventually leads to a silo mentality that subsequently leads to ideas nobody supports.

Like his parking policy.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown supports a $1 hourly fee rise for central city parking, which he wants his council’s transport arm to line up against a region-wide parking strategy.

He has alarmed the Heart of the City business association by saying he supports in principle an increase proposed by Auckland Transport, and has referred the matter to the council’s infrastructure committee, which meets today.

“I am asking that Auckland Transport present a much fuller report on proposed fee changes, alignment with the [region-wide] parking strategy, and a communications plan to the infrastructure committee before any changes are implemented,” he said in a budget paper to the council last month.   Read more »