City tri­als park­ing sen­sors

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

IN-GROUND park­ing sen­sors look like be­com­ing a re­al­ity for the streets of South Perth.

An in-ground park­ing sen­sor is a de­vice buried un­der­ground that records when a ve­hi­cle ar­rives and de­parts from a park­ing bay.

Once a ve­hi­cle has over­stayed the per­mit­ted time limit, a sig­nal is sent from the sen­sor to the near­est park­ing ranger’s smart phone de­vice.

Other lo­cal gov­ern­ments have in­stalled the de­vices, but this will be the first time the City of South Perth has in­ves­ti­gated the idea.

The City says it is con­duct­ing a three-month trial of the de­vices, with Aus­tralian Park­ing and Rev­enue Con­trol ( APARC) car­ry­ing

SOUTH Perth res­i­dents are di­vided over the in­tro­duc­tion of in-ground park­ing sen­sors. The the streets to find out what you think.

South Perth res­i­dent Justin Di-Re says he couldn’t think of any­thing worse.

“It has its pros and cons, and I do think it is rev­enue rais­ing, but it will stop peo­ple from park­ing their cars and go­ing into the city or leav­ing them there overnight,” Mr Di-Re said.

Can­ning Vale res­i­dent Larissa Amaranti said she vis­its South Perth all the time and thinks the in­tro­duc­tion of in-ground park­ing sen­sors is a great idea. the cost. Af­ter the trial, the city says it in­tends to re­view the data col­lected and make a de­ci­sion as to whether it will be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture.

“I come to South Perth all the time and there is very lim­ited park­ing here, so I am glad to know I can get a space,” Ms Amaranti said.

Mo­hammed Alan­sari agreed the new park­ing sys­tem would stop peo­ple abus­ing the park­ing time lim­its.

“To know who is park­ing here and how long is a good thing,” Mr Park­ing sen­sors have been in­stalled in Mends Street, be­tween Mill Point Road and South Perth Es­planade, in South Perth, and in Hobbs

Alan­sari said.

“”Many peo­ple like me come to South Perth from the city for busi­ness and want to know they can get a park.

“I have spo­ken to peo­ple who say un­der the old sys­tem of rangers hand­ing out tick­ets, there have been mis­takes and they have been is­sued a fine with­out the park­ing in­spec­tor re­ally know­ing how long they have been there.”

South Perth prop­erty owner Kathryn Green­halgh said she has a real is­sue with the amount Perth res­i­dents pay for park­ing.

“Of course it is rev­enue Av­enue, Como. The City de­nied the plan was another rev­enue-rais­ing stream and said it had is­sued $403,640 in in­fringe­ments for the 2014/2015 fi­nan­cial year.

“The new park­ing sen­sors will re­duce of­fi­cer time in pa­trolling the streets to mark up and mon­i­tor ve­hi­cles,” City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said.

“The in­stal­la­tion of in­ground sen­sors means rangers will be able to at­tend to other is­sues or in­ci­dents while con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor park­ing in the City.

“We an­tic­i­pate this ini­tia­tive will as­sist lo­cal busi­nesses in the com­mu­nity who of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence cars park­ing il­le­gally.”

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rais­ing,” Mrs Green­halgh said.

“Park­ing is­sues are al­ways an­noy­ing but a sen­sor that alerts a ranger is just pure rev­enue rais­ing.

“Is the coun­cil go­ing to now cut the num­ber of rangers on the streets to save them­selves money?

“Ev­ery­one hates rangers or park­ing in­spec­tors, but it is a job and will those rangers no longer needed for park­ing be de­ployed else­where - another rev­enue raiser?” she said.

In-ground park­ing sen­sor in Mends Street, South Perth.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Ross Mead has won an ex­cel­lence award in fire man­age­ment.

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