Government Called on to Reduce Parking Fees
The cost of parking for some Perth motorists is set to increase in the new financial year due to the State Government increasing the City of Perth’s Parking Levy contributions by more than $3 million. Under the Perth Parking Management Act, the State Government charges the City a levy for each parking bay that falls within its jurisdiction. City of Perth Chief Executive, Gary Stevenson, said not many people would know that 20 cents in every dollar motorists spend on parking in the City, goes straight to the State Government under the Levy. “The 2014/15 financial year saw the State Government charge the City of Perth almost $14 million dollars,” Mr Stevenson said. “The State Government will benefit from a further $3 million after raising the Parking Levy to more than $17 million for 2015/16. “The City simply cannot absorb the $3 million increase in Levy costs.” Despite the imposed State Government fee increase, most City of Perth car parking fees will not rise. Permit holders, flat rates and early bird rates will remain the same. Overall, City of Perth Parking remains competitively priced compared to other capital cities, with motorists in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney paying between $35 and $55 per day to park. New rates will be implemented from 1 July 2015.