Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Zero tolerance for illegal Taxi parking

Zero tolerance for illegal parking by taxis gets go ahead

Auckland City’s Transport Committee has approved plans for a crack down on illegal parking and driving behaviour by taxis in the central city.

Measures include a zero tolerance for illegal parking, which means parking officers will no longer give warnings for taxis double parking and other parking offences.

The council has also committed to creating a dedicated taxi enforcement team (within existing staff resources) and working with the Police and Land Transport Safety Authority to develop a system for joint enforcement operations to check taxis are meeting all required regulations and standards.

The measures are intended as short term solutions to improve safety and enforce the law in the central area, by addressing issues such as the overcrowding of taxi ranks, illegal double-parking and inappropriate driving behaviour by taxi drivers.

“We need to get the message across that the current flaunting of the road rules and regulations cannot continue,” said Councillor Greg McKeown, Transport Committee chairperson. “The council has to take steps to protect the public’s safety and access to the CBD, and redress the balance of taxi numbers with demand for them.”

A recent research poll of residents found that 30% of residents consider they have been affected by taxis-double parking.

The committee also gave the go-ahead for council staff to investigate long-term options, including changes to the location, size and number of taxi ranks in the city, and promoting hailing of taxis.

“There is currently an expectation by some taxi operators that council should provide unlimited taxi rank space in the CBD. This is unrealistic and it is our job to analyse, in consultation with the taxi companies, what the appropriate level of space allocated to taxi ranks should be, according to demand at particular times of the day.

“We also need to balance the need for taxis ranks along with other needs for kerbside space, like bus stops, disability parking, loading zones and short term parking. If hailing can become a more accepted way of catching a cab then that may also help free up valuable on-street parking areas, and help to provide a more efficient service for the public. It’s all part of the bigger picture that needs to be considered.”

An Auckland City research poll shows that 82% of residents prefer to phone for a taxi, 23% would catch one from a rank and 13% usually hail a taxi when they need one.

In its review of taxi ranks, council will assess the possibility of allocating night-time taxi ranks in key areas such as Ponsonby Rd, Parnell and the Viaduct, to allow the safe and easy pick-up and set-down of passengers in high demand areas at night. So while areas where there is low demand for taxis during the day may see a reduction in rank spaces, the council is looking to improve access for taxis at night in popular areas.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>

ALSO:

Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

ALSO:

Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

ALSO:

Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

ALSO:

Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

ALSO:

Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

ALSO:

Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels