Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

ON Aus­tralia Day, I was in York Street in South Perth. It has at least 30 park­ing bays for the school.

At 3.30pm, Skyshow vis­i­tors oc­cu­pied about eight of th­ese bays. I talked to a cou­ple who were from the outer sub­urbs and they had been no trou­ble in get­ting to this park­ing. There was no one park­ing on the street it­self and ab­so­lutely no in­di­ca­tion any­where that park­ing was pro­hib­ited.

All the cars parked there re­ceived $160 fines and some of the own­ers had been told they had to move im­me­di­ately, even if they had been drink­ing,

I did not talk to any driver who was aware they were not al­lowed to park there and there was no sig­nage.

The driv­ers I saw caught were ei­ther young peo­ple who sim­ply do not read the pa­pers or new Aus­tralians with lim­ited English skills

Based on this knowl­edge, I feel that fin­ing th­ese driv­ers was puni­tive and dou­bling the fines just for the day was bla­tant rev­enue rais­ing, which made me feel ashamed to be a South Perth res­i­dent. RICHARD CLAY, Kens­ing­ton.

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