SEAWARD PARKS TURFED OUT
DRIVERS have been unwittingly paying Wilson Parking to park in free City of Subiaco-managed bays at Seddon Street carpark.
On October 23, the City ended its management agreement of 46 carbays with Wilson Parking and installed street signs displaying a changeover to 30-minute free parking.
However, Wilson Parking ticket machines are still fully functional because the private parking contractor continues to manage two of the three properties at the carpark.
The Western Suburbs Weekly observed two people parked in Citymanaged bays buying tickets from Wilson Parking machines about 4pm on November 4.
When alerted to the new signs, one man said he would “not take any chances” with a $65 fine.
“The machines are still working, so as far as I can tell it’s still $4 an hour,” he said.
One person who paid $12 for a fullday parking ticket had a ‘caution only’ City infringement notice stuck on their car windshield which read: ‘Ticket not valid (in) this area, please see sign!’
Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said the City was made aware of the parking confusion on November 3.
Mr Burnett said City and Wilson Parking staff inspected the site on November 5, and both parties agreed more action needed to be taken to distinguish free parking bays from paid ones.
He said additional works to further define the separate parking areas, including signs and line markings, would be completed “as soon as possible”.
Wilson Parking Australia chief executive Steve Evans said Wilson Parking had requested the City improve their signage to better inform parkers that no ticket was required.
“Wilson removed its ticket machine from Seddon Street as part of the changeover,” Mr Evans said.
The caution from a ranger, despite a full-day ticket paid.