Itâ€™s pretty clear this is a prima facie case of Brownlee breaking the law, or at least using his position to do so. Gerry will be hating this and he will be kicking himself. The Brownlee I have got to know pretty well over the past 18 years has been down to earth and is not one to ask for special favours. This blows all that out of the water. Â Read more »
Here is an example of someone who thinks that her clothes just end up in the shop for her to buy. Â She thinks that any Trademe purchases fly into her letterbox by pure magic. Â And I’m convinced she thinks all the food in the supermarket is grown and manufactured ‘out the back’.
She also thinks people should have jobs, but no way of getting to those jobs, back, or even move about while carrying out those jobs like dropping off blood samples to the lab, deliver meals on wheels or install solar panels somewhere.
The Green TalibanÂ are the real enemies within. Â The people who want to ban new roading because they live in a Utopian dream where nobody actually needs transport and 3D printers and 3D printer supplies magically materialise exactly where needed.
We’re also not allowed to drive to stadiums to watch sports, or just the other team’s home field to play. Â We’re not allowed to take our boats to the harbour, or drive to the forest or national park to go for a walk or tramp.
All new immigrants are expected to use matter transporters. Â We are having difficulty building enough houses, there are calls for more houses, but once they are built, people must remain absolutely stationary.
I don’t believe in public transport. And here is one reason.
After at least 14 assaults Auckland train inspectors are to wear lapel cameras for added protection.
No wonder rail patronage is dropping and growth is stagnant – it’s simply a dangerous place to be.
I’d drive my car rather than be assaulted on a train.
Ticket inspectors on Auckland trains are to be armed with small CCTV cameras on their jackets to combat fare evasion and violence.
Video and audio footage will be used as evidence for police prosecutions in the absence of any direct financial penalties able to be imposed on those caught riding trains without paying.Â Read more »
Madman Carriage Accident
Australia has outspent everyone else in the fruitless search for MH370. And it is all for nothing with everyone being no closer now to finding the aircraft than at the start of the whole bizarre episode.
Conspiracy theories aside, basically the plane is gone, the passengers and crew are all dead, there is little point in trying to find it now.
The Malaysian Government has revealed it has spent just a fraction of what Australia has paid in the search for missing flight MH370, as officials from both countries prepare to meet to discuss the next phase of the mission.
Officials from Malaysia yesterday held talks in Canberra, including discussions around funding for the operation. The Australian Government has set aside almost A$90 million ($99 million) for the search.
The head of the joint task force charged with finding MH370, Angus Houston, said yesterday that discussions around the next phase of the search included negotiations with Malaysia over the cost of the search.
“The Government has allocated A$89.9 million. I think about A$25 million of that is to go to the defence force for the visual search they conducted,” the former defence force chief said. “There’s another A$60 million that’s been allocated for the underwater search. That money has been allocated but we’re still to crunch, or still to negotiate the burden-sharing with, for example, Malaysia.”
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 Brownâ€™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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Auckland Transport have had a ‘Midvale School for the gifted’ moment this week with the release of their parking brain farts.
And the AA is pointing out just how dumb it is.
The introduction of parking charges at Auckland’s network of park & ride stations could add to traffic congestion and encourage a commuter culture, says the Automobile Association, which thinks it goes against Auckland Transport’s aim to create a “shift to public transport”.
The objective is set out in a discussion paper looking at putting parking fees or time limits into more parts of the city.
Income from park & ride sites has been proposed to help pay for adding to the 5300 spaces available at the current stations around the city. Spaces would need to treble to about 15,000 by the year 2040 because of demand, the document says.
The AA warned charging people for a space could defeat the purpose of park & ride facilities. “At this point, we’d be sceptical about it,” said AA Auckland Transport spokesman Barney Irvine.
“Our main concern is it could have a perverse effect, it could result in more people driving than using public transport.”
Fees at park & ride facilities could make it too expensive for people to catch public transport, meaning more cars would end up on the road and add to the city’s traffic woes, Mr Irvine said.
The AA would not support the proposal unless there was “compelling modelling to support it”.
So, is the idea by AT to charge park and ride commuters for the car parking an epic failure or genius? You decide. We’re too busy sitting in bewilderment.
- NZ Herald
Len Brown is now trying to make your parking charges higher…all in a bid to a) raise more revenue for him to spend and b) force people onto his crappy trains that don’t go anywhere useful.
It is just shameful revenue gathering. If you live on theÂ North Shore or in East Auckland then public transport just isn’t an option for you and driving is faster despite traffic.
Now Brown and his rapacious army of tax collectors are wanting to charge you even more for parking…to “encourage” you to use public transport services that just aren’t there.
Auckland Council is suggesting a comprehensive shake up for parking in central city and outlying town centres, which could mean higher costs to park your car and fewer places you can.
In releasing a discussion paper today, council agency Auckland Transport says parking is a tool to make the transport network more efficient and there is a need to balance the needs of all road users.
Complaints to the agency showed Auckland’s present parking policies were not work well and were causing conflicts for businesses, residents and commuters over limited spaces, particularly in the city fringe.
Extending central city parking schemeÂ to other main regional centres, by which time limits are removed but motorists will pay incrementally more after the first hour for on-street parking and are offered cheaper off-street parking as an alternative. The goal is 85% per cent occupancy of street parking spaces Â Â Read more »
Claire Trevett’s column today explores Labour’s idiocy with their clustertruck policy.
Former Labour Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s 2006 prophecy of “jam tomorrow” will come to fruition today, although it may not quite be the kind of jam people were hoping for.
It will be a traffic jam.
Realising there are votes to be gained from angry holidaymakers stuck in traffic for hours, Labour took measures to try to harvest them this week by releasing a groundbreaking holidaymakers’ transport policy.
Labour has long been driven by a drive to reduce inequality. So it announced it would drop the need to register caravans and trailers and cut road user charges for motorhomes and campervans.
The coup de grace of the policy was the ban on trucks from using the right-hand lane on three or four lane motorways – an attempt to peg into the futile rage that swamps drivers whose aims are thwarted by said trucks.
As “Kiwi families” loaded up their surfboards and fishing rods, David Cunliffe’s Caravan of Love was here to help. “Fun can quickly turn to frustration when the family realises the rego for the caravan has expired or there’s a big truck hogging the fast lane.”
Cunliffe declared, “Kiwis are sweating the small stuff too much.”Â Read more »
Paul Henry comments on Labour’s new transport policy?
Add to that Labour also released their keep cyclists safe policy yesterday…hmmm…quite how moving trucks to the left closer to cyclists is going to aid that policy is beyond me.
And then there is the issue with the Auckland Harbour Bridge issue, where trucks are forbidden to use the outside lanes due to cracks on the clip ons. Sw now, under Labour’s policy the trucks will all have to travel in the left hand lanes and then transition to the inside lanes somewhere in the vicinity of spaghetti junction so they comply with NZTA requirements for trucks to travel up the centre lanes of the bridge.