NZTA has a large amount of control of transport, and has made changes/decisions that didn't come with any justification. I have suggested elsewhere that the NZTA be stripped of decision making power, and be tasked with implementation only. A separate NZTI (New Zealand Transportation Institute) be created, and housed at one (or more) Universities to be a research/recommendation arm.
This would separate out the decision making from the implementation. NZTA is good at building roads and improving roads, but really poor at figuring out ways to reduce traffic through an intersection that don't include more lanes and asphalt.
Also, splitting out the budget and sharing some of the costs of research with educational institutions should reduce the total cost and increase quality.
My opinion is that the NZTA is overly risk averse because the people in charge of the decisions are the same people in charge of implementing it, and so they do what they know, even if it's the wrong thing.
Poll Created Sun 6 Jul 2014 12:52AM
UVTS Closed Sun 20 Jul 2014 12:09PM
100% agreement (45% participation) that a unified fee system, removing the profit motive from the local councils, would be beneficial, using technology to simplify the process for the users, based on the Northern Gateway Toll Road model.
Form UVTS (universal vehicle toll system) pronounced ew-vits. This would link the existing Northern Gateway Toll system http://www.tollroad.govt.nz with parking, and non-moving tickets.
Parking enforcement would be done by video set up on streets with pay parking, reading rego plates, as done on the motorway. When the vehicle leaves, the correct fee is charged. Overstay in a limited spot would be charged the same.
A parked vehicle with expired rego or WOF would be tolled the same, with it added to the toll bill.
This would simplify parking. There would be one central location for such fees paid, and paying $0.50 extra to TXT parking or card fees would be eliminated, as well as the inconvenience of trying to keep coins to park in pay spots.
Also, as parking fees would be collected centrally, this would separate the enforcement from the local councils.
Currently, local councils (especially AT), manage parking to maximize revenue collection, not manage maximum utility. When they no longer make money from inappropriate parking regulations, they will be motivated to have better parking regulations to improve parking for all.
This would also greatly simplify parking for travelers and visitors, boosting the economy by $10,000,000 per year (hey, if the ministers can make up numbers for how much sending people to international book conferences increases tourism, why can't I).
This is a simple use of tech to simplify our lives.
For: for a centrally managed fee and toll collection, unifying collection and payment of fees, while still allowing local setting of parking rules, fees, and times.
against: continue ad hoc and inconsistent parking fees and regulations.
Block: The ministry of transport should be disbanded, or cars should be banned from all on-street parking.
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5 of 15 people have participated (33%)
Sun 6 Jul 2014 1:16AM
There is immense loss of productivity and exhorbitant service fees being charged enforcing parking 'rules'. Really, vehicles 'overstaying' could just pay an additional fee, not a fine that is disproproportionate to energy expended or opportunity cost