Parking permits approved, to start July 1

New parking permits, including for small passenger service vehicles, will come into effect in the Queenstown Lakes district on July 1.

Before approving the permits at Thursday's meeting, district councillors considered a report by acting strategy and asset manager Polly Lambert, who said the council had received no negative feedback on the issue.

Four categories of permits will be issued to vehicles: small passenger service vehicles ($500 a year), to manage access to council-controlled ranks in the CBD; annual community use ($25 a year); temporary ($25 per day/$100 per week up to, and including, seven days); and 75-plus ($5 every three years).

Ms Lambert said council staff had spoken directly to stakeholders, including taxi drivers, and held two public drop-in sessions in February.

"No feedback against the proposed charges has been received through social media channels, from direct stakeholder consultation, or from the drop-in sessions that attracted 35 people over two sessions.

"The main feedback has been in relation to numbers of permits that will be available.''

The council plans to initially issue 150 permits to vehicles operating from taxi ranks, but those could be revoked on a single verifiable breach.

The Otago Daily Times reported in February the annual permits would be issued on a "first come, first served'' basis to applicants who provided all the required information and on a rolling expiration, like a car registration.


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