Brisbane encourages Smart parking, Dumb Auckland just thinks about revenue collecting.
Why not encourage smaller cars in the city especially when you consider the probability of two Smarts in Auckland wanting to park in the same space at the same time is about zero?
Brisbane City Council is the first local government authority in Australia to endorse legal parking of two smart cars in one parking space. Brisbane city councillor Graham Quirk told the Courier Mail: "If people want to go to the trouble of buying environmentally friendly, space-saving cars, we ought to be giving them incentives."
Waste of time
Owners of the new smart micro-cars will be wasting their time trying to park two of the tiny 2.5m-long vehicles for the price of one in an Auckland City parking space. "There are no designated parking spaces in Auckland anymore - there haven't been for around five years," said Auckland City Council parking services manager Chris Geerlings. "They are now called parking areas." Council replaced the single-stand metres with a pay and display system. "In theory, you could now park five or six cars in what would have been the old parking space, as long as each one shows a pay and display ticket,”
"We would like to think that by introducing pay and display parking areas, Auckland City is being more progressive and innovative than Zurich or Brisbane." Geerlings said.