Three hour parking limit to be enforced

A three hour parking limit will be imposed next month.

Vehicles parking in the central shopping in downtown Tauranga from March 18 will have a three hour time limit in any one place.

The decision, which goes against the Tauranga Council staff advice, was made at this week’s city council meeting.

“The way I look at it is, there isn’t enough parking so you have to ration it somehow,” says Mayor Greg Brownless. “You either do that through price or time limit.

“I don’t think it is fair to do it through price. I think it’s fair that everybody has a chance at it, and you can’t hog it all day.

“We used to have a two hour limit. We didn’t haven’t as much of a parking issue then.  It wasn’t as bad, and now obviously the place has grown, but there was some thought that some cars are just parking there all day. They just pay their money they can afford it. This will stop that.”

Those who do want to park all day can go to the outskirts of the CBD, says Greg.

The parking price has not been changed.

“The staff wanted to double the parking price s and let people stay as long as they like. We to share it round basically.”

The three hour parking limit will be in Grey Street, Devonport Road and Durham Street plus Elizabeth Street from Cameron Road, Spring Street from Durham Street, and Willow Street as far as Hamilton Street.

The decision is in the face of staff advice and on line survey results which rejected the three hour limit 64 per cent to 36 per cent.

The staff recommendation is to keep the status quo because they say benefits of the current no time limit system outweigh those associated with time limits.

People can choose their own time limit. It is an easy to use system determined by price only, and customers don’t have to search for a parking place that suits their need.


used to be lots of parking along the strand

Posted on 23-02-2018 07:37 | By Mein Fuhrer

before all the restaurants and bars took over.

Cliff Road

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:17 | By C Queen

I know!....people will be able to park up on Cliff Road instead..........Oh no’s currently full up there................and there’s a museum going in soon. All that parking will go altogether......mmm.....what next to exacerbate the city’s infrastructure problems?

Public opinion doesn't count

Posted on 22-02-2018 12:13 | By simple.really

Once again councillors ignoring advice and the public and just doing what they think is right for you

Three hours

Posted on 22-02-2018 11:45 | By tish

is plenty, what council ’staff’ want is immaterial. They are paid to do their job and it isn’t give an opinion as non users that limits the public from accessing parking. Ratepayers pay for the streets and both they and and visitors pay to have an opportunity to park on them. They pay council staff need to just do their job. No wonder the historical parking issues and dead CBD exist if they let staff opinions rule.

3 hours ?

Posted on 22-02-2018 10:12 | By Darth Vader NZ

so those with a mobility card displayed in their vehicles window are permitted to park for 6 hours ?


Posted on 22-02-2018 09:48 | By Taffy

TCC elected members take no notice of the survey results and even in this case their own council employees recommended not to introduce time limits, Can TCC advise how many motorists are feeding a meter in this area for more than 3hours as we now input our Rego ,it must be easy to access this info,I would be surprised if the numbers would be large.Secondly would the SunLive reporters please advise the split in the voting and list the names of who voted for or against,as trying to get this info on TCC website you just about need a degree in Computer Science to locate and also the time it takes to be updated on the website .As the reporter is present at the meeting it is easy to put this info in the report.


Posted on 22-02-2018 09:42 | By Chookymac

Who is at fault with no parking available?The decision makers are at fault Mr Brownless and Co and those that ran before them.They need to get of bottoms (I am being nice today) and go around the City and look at the problems it has.And make those responsible who drive company cars (Council cars) look after the areas that they are responsible for

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