Wellington residents' parking price spike 'not unreasonable' - councillor

1:06 pm on 24 April 2019

A Wellington City Councillor is defending a planned 50 percent hike in residents' parking fees because it will discourage people from keeping cars in the inner city.

14301140 - wellington, new zealand - street with cars parked alongside

Parking is often scarce on Wellington's narrow streets, as the population continues to grow. Photo: 123rf.com

The council is consulting on raising residents' annual parking fees from $126 to $195.

The parking is only available on the edges of the central city.

Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman has responsibility for transport and said the residents' parking scheme was already over-subscribed, and the fee increase should act as a disincentive.

"Cars are proliferating on the streets and we've got to do something about it and those residents who come home and haven't got a show of getting a car park anywhere near their house to carry their shopping home, they welcome these parking charges.

"It's not unreasonable to charge 53 cents a day for the privilege.

Mr Calvi-Freeman said people affected by the change should consider whether they needed a car.