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Hutt City Concludes Trial Of Meter Sensors

4 June 2004

Hutt City Concludes Trial Of Meter Sensors

At the conclusion of a trial of parking meter sensors that returned meters to zero when a car left the parking space regardless of how much time was still showing, Hutt City's Mayor believes the extra revenue gained by the technology is not worth the negative perceptions surrounding its use.

"I am not in favour of this technology being deployed," said Mayor Terris.

"$1.20 an hour for CBD parking, compared with Wellington's $3-4 an hour, the ease of finding parking and the wide range of retail shopping options available are all good reasons for people to choose to do their shopping in the CBD area.

"The use of these sensors sends the wrong message. We are not in such bad shape financially that this technology is necessary - quite the opposite in fact.

"Council has a responsibility to manage its finances prudently, and while I commend Council officers for looking at ways to improve revenue streams from parking, part of our Economic Development Strategy aims to encourage more people to come and do their shopping in Hutt City," said Mayor Terris.

"Hutt City is a vibrant city and we are investing considerable sums into improving the CBD environment to attract more shoppers here. The fact that some people on the odd occasion enjoy a few 'free' parking minutes should remain one of life's little bonuses.

"Standalone meters are 'old' technology and most councils, including Hutt City, are moving towards pay and display systems for efficiency and the fact that they don't clutter up footpaths."

ENDS

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