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Permit replacement fees cut from $100 to $15

Residential parking schemes: Permit replacement fees cut from $100 to $15

Auckland City’s Transport Committee chairperson, Councillor Greg McKeown, announced today that from 24 March 2003, the council will charge $15 instead of $100 for any valid permit replacement if residents sell their vehicles and buy new ones.

The change is in response to community feedback.

Auckland City has implemented permanent residential parking schemes since September 2002 to manage parking in busy streets with few parking spaces available. The schemes have helped make parking available for residents.

However, the permit replacement fee, when resident change their vehicles, is $100. It is calculated from the partial cost of recovery of Auckland City’s expenses (permit processing, infrastructure installation and maintenance over a ten-year life cycle). It is valid from the following year (corresponding to the council’s financial year).

The policy to date has been that for $100 residents could buy an annual parking permit, but that this was not transferable to a new car.

Mr McKeown says: “We’ve changed that, and now for a $15 transfer fee, residents can retain their current parking permit without paying an additional $100. We are also trying to find cheaper ways to administer the scheme.

“This is a relatively new scheme in Auckland, and it’s important that we take on feedback and iron out early wrinkles. Residential area parking pressures in other parts of the city may mean that this scheme gets adopted more broadly.”

The new $15 replacement fee will cover administration and postage fees; any other re-issued permit costs will be borne by Auckland City.

Some 494 resident permits were issued last year. Of those 10 were replaced during vehicle changes.

Auckland City is also reviewing the permit’s design to solve a fading problem caused by the sun.

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