Auckland Council’s war on workers continues via parking fees

The ‘mode shift’ to push Aucklanders into public transport continues as Auckland Transport prepares to hike car parking rates in the CBD.

Auckland city workers and inner-city dwellers could be paying more than $60 a day to park on the CBD streets from June.

As part of its regular review, Auckland Transport is planning to increase its inner city rates in response to the increased demand.

The central area, which is at present priced at $4/hour for the first two hours, is proposed to increase to $4.50/hour for the first two hours then $9/hour for every subsequent hour.

For an eight-hour working day this would hit $63.

The city fringe zones, which are at present priced at $2/hour and $3/hour for the first two hours, would rise to $3/hour across both zones for the first two hours and would cost $6 for every subsequent hour.

This would cost $42 for an eight-hour working day – a significant price increase from the present $16/day in the lower-priced areas around Wynyard Quarter, some streets around Sale St and Vector Arena.

The CBD is going to become a horrendous place to work. Physical construction above ground will make moving around the city difficult.

But the tension will be about car parking. With nearly $2b in major projects underway shortly (Convention Centre, Commercial Bay and CRL enablement works) the construction workers will be piling into town, filling up car parks early and squeezing out office workers.

Add to that a cost increases and it’s entirely predictable that staff retention along with recruitment will be a headache for employers.

But it’s also obvious that the harm will be directly upon the wallet of ordinary people.

People like construction workers and office staff who are already feeling the pinch where it concerns costs of living in Auckland.

And now they will be have the additional burdens of excessively high car parking costs.

Auckland has a useless public transport network that doesn’t provide access near where most people live. A lot of them have no choice but to drive.

I can see businesses shifting out of the CBD and I can see Aucklanders tiring quickly of the costs and disruptions.


– NZ Herald

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