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Topic # 161784 19-Jan-2015 20:28
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I've done a bit of a Google but haven't found any clear-cut answers.

Is Motorcycle / Scooter parking in New Zealand CBD's free?

I'm in Tauranga and couldn't find anything on the council website about this.

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  Reply # 1217863 19-Jan-2015 20:40
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Depends where you park, I presume.

I know some of the parking buildings up here allow free parking and designate an area, simply because the cost of trying to police it and stop the bikers just going under/around the barrier, far outweighs the return they'd see for doing it.

Don't remember it ever really being advertised anywhere, I had just been told by a couple of biker mates.. I believe they said it's advertised in the building itself, but nowhere else.

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  Reply # 1217864 19-Jan-2015 20:40
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It depends where you are trying to park.

Generally if you park in a pay and display then you need to pay and display (parking at the end of a pay n display slot on the road is NOT normally free and chances are you'll get a ticket).  If you park in marked motorcycle spots then you generally do not need to pay.

A lot of the private company parking places (like Wilsons) have a few spots set aside for parking, and normally they are free or you just ride past the barrier ;-)


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  Reply # 1217890 19-Jan-2015 21:32
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2/3 of the way down under other parking,

Auckland transport operate 13 carparks in the downtown area.

As mark said there is also pay and display at other areas

not sure about other city's


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  Reply # 1217918 19-Jan-2015 22:00
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It's free in most of the UK, but probably not in private parking buildings.  They even made the Dartford crossing toll free for motorcycles after being forced into doing so when motorcycle racing was on at Brands Hatch. 

Literally thousands of motor cycles would cue at the toll booths, and each one would stop > the rider would take of his gloves > (s)he would then route around for change and pay the toll > Put gloves back on > and ride away.  This would take so long compared to the cars, and the bikers would make a point of jamming up all the lanes, so they made it toll free and eventually kept it so.

We have a few motorcycle bays in Blenheim all of which are free.

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  Reply # 1218161 20-Jan-2015 11:32
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It's free in the marked areas, otherwise you'll need to pay as it were a car.

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