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Parking Fee and Avoiding Excess Fee

We are all reminded to always park properly and follow the Auckland Council rules and regulations. We are blessed to have an officer (Constable Sang Ho Byun) from New Zealand Police to share some tips for us to remember.

This article after this line is authorized and authored by Constable Sang Ho Byun

Most New Zealanders, as well as visitors, rely heavily on the use of motor vehicles to commute and travel.

Today, I would like to share parking tips, the new wheel-clamping legislation that protects the drivers, as well as how to find where your vehicle was towed to.

Parking Safely

It’s better to park in a clearly identified parking facility than take a risk on a parking spot you’re not legally allowed to use. If there are signs, these establish the contract for parking, e.g. how long you can park, the fee you need to pay.

To prevent your vehicle being ticketed, towed or clamped:

Choose your parking spot carefully. Read any signs near your parking space or at the point of payment. Obey any conditions on signs — paying attention to time limits, fees, and what will happen if you break these conditions. If you park on private land, even if there are no signs, your vehicle could be towed or clamped. You may need to pay.

How to read parking signs in New Zealand:

The picture is one of the parking signs in New Zealand. The number 120 represents maximum time for parking. Underneath it are the days- Monday to Friday. This means that the vehicle can be parked for maximum of 120 minutes from Monday to Friday. In other word, there is no maximum time for parking from Saturday and Sunday.

This sign is more complicated than the last one. The tip to read the sign is to start from the top to the bottom. This parking sign means between 8:30am to 9:30am, and 2:30pm to 3:30pm from Monday to Friday, maximum parking time is 15 minutes. Then at other times, from Monday to Friday, the maximum parking time is 60 minutes.

The maximum time applies only from Monday to Friday. So you can assume that there is no maximum time for parking on weekends.