A Mt Albert mother of two is "livid" after she and another woman were given credit notes instead of change after paying for parking in the CBD on Sunday.
The incident comes two months after a similar one at Auckland Transport's Downtown carpark, which was blamed on faulty software.
Robyn Moore said she and a woman using the machine beside her at the Civic Carpark paid cash, but were given credit notes in lieu of change, without warning.
Though Ms Moore's credit note was only for $5, the woman next to her - who she thought was a tourist - had put in a $50 note.
"She had a $40 credit note and she didn't know what to do - and I was just absolutely livid," Ms Moore said.
"She pressed the little button on the machine to try and get help, and a voice said they'd have someone around in about 10 minutes to come and talk to us, so she had to stand there for 10 minutes and wait.
"I had to go because I had my family in the car - but she was left standing there because she needed the money."
The real problem is the vendetta Auckland Transport is waging against cars and motorists. AT have made no secret of their desire to rid the city centre of all cars and part of that is getting rid of city centre parking (except for its own employees, of course who have gold plated car parks at the ratepayers’ expense). While this philosophy guides AT thinking the organisation will not put ratepayers’ money into solutions to problems faced by motorists.
Yet it is motorists, or more specifically driverless cars, that increasingly look set to become the future of transport. While Auckland looks backwards to 19th century solutions for its transport future (cycles and trains), the rest of the world is embracing the new driverless technology and building infrastructure accordingly.
Why do we need trains when driverless technology is upon us?
Trains are locked onto rails…they can’t divert around network outages and are horribly inefficient especially for passenger transit. Basically they don’t work unless massively subsidised.
If we look at the billions poured into Kiwirail since Labour bought it back at an inflated price you can see just how bad and inefficient it is.
I’ve often said rip up the rails and create heavy transport lanes on the land instead, sending buses and trucks down the nice even gradients.
I’ve also said driverless technology will solve transport issues. The video above shows how it can work for bus transport and the Daily Mail also has an article about the advent of driverless trucks for heavy transport.
German carmaker Daimler has been trialling a self-driving truck under real traffic conditions on a German motorway for the first time.
Since the Highway Pilot was first tested, the system has been driven on 20,000 kilometres of test routes in Germany and the United States.
So, why spend billions on a train system, when new technology extends roading and reduces congestion. Around town I would certainly use self driving vehicles, it would solve a great many problems I currently experience with driving in a city.
By the time Len Brown’s stupid rail system has been built, at great expense to the ratepayers it will be legacy technology superseded by innovation.