Published: 20 July 2005
Auckland City Council wants to stop taxis using the 15-minute parking spaces on Queen St like they’re cab ranks.
Transport & urban linkages committee chairman Richard Simpson said: “There are over 200 spaces in the cbd specifically for taxis. We have worked to ensure these are located where & when they are needed to best serve the public. The council isn’t here to provide parking spaces for taxis when they are not serving customers, especially when it impacts other street users, such as shoppers.”
The council is replacing Queen St road signs with signs saying the 15-minute parking spaces are for private & goods service vehicles only, and will enforce the rules more heavily.
Cllr Simpson said the move would help balance taxi supply with public demand: “It’s estimated there are over 4000 taxis operating across Auckland. Taxis definitely play an important role in moving people around the city. Respecting this, the council has recently completed a review of ranks to better meet the needs of both the public & the taxi industry, while balancing demand for premiere cbd street space.”
He said the restriction on cabs was supported by Heart of the City & the NZ Taxi Federation, and was also aligned with the Queen St upgrade due to start in September.
The committee will consider other actions to manage taxis in August.