Next steps for parking upgrade

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20/12/2018 9:38:00 a.m.

20 December 2018

Next steps for parking upgrade

The next stage of Rotorua’s inner city parking upgrade is set to start early next year now that the first eight new parking machines are up and running.

Installation of the new machines in Whakaue Street and Pukaki Street began in November and this stage of implementation is now complete.

Those leading the roll-out say it has progressed well so far.

“The first stage of implementing our new parking system has gone well and we’re looking forward to getting the remaining 72 new i-park parking machines installed early next year and delivering a better service to both parkers and local businesses,” says Council’s Community Compliance Team Leader, Kurt Williams.

“We’ve received feedback from both local businesses and members of the public about how the new service is working so far. Most local businesses have found the change really positive, with a higher turnover of car parks meaning their customers are able to locate parking spaces nearby much more easily.

“We have also received feedback that some of the adjustments we’ve made along the way and the corresponding signage could be clearer. We are working to remedy this and aim to have revised signage up in the New Year to clarify what is paid and what is free parking in time-restricted zones.

“In the New Year we’ll be rolling out the new equipment block by block and plan to begin with Arawa Street, Pukuatua Street, Fenton Street, Hinemaru Street and Haupapa Street.

“We’ll be doing a pamphlet drop in each area prior to changes taking place so keep an eye out for this information,” says Mr Williams.

Some adjustments will be made within these areas where there are anomalies in parking or where the parking structure seems illogical. Some free parking that is located within a paid parking section will become paid and some P15 parks will be relocated to more appropriate spaces.

A considerable amount of free parking remains within walking distance of the inner city and if drivers are looking for a cost effective parking alternative, the Pukuatua parking building offers a five day concession card for $20.

Over the Christmas and New Year period preparations will be made to streets in anticipation of the installation of the new machines and new signage.

Each parking space will also have a black numbered disc installed in front of it. This will provide each park with a unique number in each street to help with monitoring and enforcing parking. When an infringement is issued, a photo will be taken of the vehicle and the numbered disc to help provide clear identification of the offending vehicle and the bay it is parked in.

“To date, the new parking system appears to be delivering the results that were intended. We partnered with i-Park in May this year to implement a new parking system that increases flexibility and payment options for users and to assist with increasing the turnover and availability of parking spaces in the CBD. We’re pleased with the results so far and will continue to monitor progress in the New Year.”

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