From May 2018, there are some changes to parking in our district.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the changes.
Why is there a focus on parking and increasing use of cars when Whanganui District Council wants to increase active transport, for example, cycling or walking?
Because Whanganui is a provincial centre, we are likely to remain vehicle dominated. The most common means of travel is a private vehicle, with less than 13 per cent of people walking or cycling. While the Council encourages active modes of transport, such as biking, walking, scootering and the use of our urban shared pathways, private vehicles are likely to remain well-used.
Will longer parking times mean there's not the same kind of turnover of people visiting the Avenue and central area and therefore less people spending money?
Increasing the parking time to 90 minutes means there will still be a relatively regular turnover of vehicles. The feedback we got from the community when we consulted on the Parking Management Plan 2017 was that people wanted longer parking times, which is why we've increased it.
One of the goals of the Town Regeneration Strategy is to increase the frequency and length of time that people spend time in the central city by having longer parking times and for people to walk, rather than drive, between destinations.
Will this create congestion in Victoria Avenue?
Increasing parking by an additional 30 minutes is unlikely to cause congestion.
Will this mean there are less parks available?
A survey conducted in May 2017 showed the occupancy rate is just over 50 percent in the central city area, with 84 per cent in the busiest part of Victoria Avenue (Guyton Street to Maria Place). Parking for longer will still mean people will be able to find a parking space.
Why don't you upgrade your parking metres so they can take cards?
We will look at installing new parking meters throughout the metered area of Whanganui to provide more up-to-date parking technology including multiple payment options. A review of the Gold Card Scheme will also be undertaken.
Can I top up the metre after the initial 90 minutes is up?
No, you will need to move your car to another parking spot.
Do I still have to pay for parking if I have am a Mobility Card Holder?
Mobility Card Holders will get an extra 30 minutes of free parking on top of the time they have paid for to park. More about Mobility Parking.
Does this mean we have to pay more for parking?
The cost of parking in Victoria Avenue per half an hour ($1), has not changed, but you can park for a further half an hour, at the cost of $3 for 90 minutes.
You can park for any portion of this time.
If the machine is rejecting your coins, please let us know by calling 349 0001 or emailing us.
The metre accepts 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins.
Do I have to park for 90 minutes?
No. You can park up to 90 minutes. Each half hour costs $1.
What is the cost of the parking fine if I park for longer than what I've paid for?
Once a meter has expired by at least 10 minutes, you may receive a $12 infringement.
- More than 30 minutes = $15
- More than an hour = $21
- More than two hours = $30
- More than four hours = $42
These infringement costs also apply to unmetered parking spaces with time limits.
If I pay for 30 minutes ($1) or 60 minutes ($2) of parking in Victoria Avenue, can I go back to that park and put more money in when it expires?
Yes, up to the 90 minutes maximum ($3).