Bayswa­ter cracks down on il­le­gal cars

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

AN in­crease in cars il­le­gally parked on foot­paths and pedes­trian cross­ings has prompted the City of Bayswa­ter to im­prove en­force­ments and com­mu­nity aware­ness.

The City’s com­mu­nity ac­cess and in­clu­sion ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee – con­sist­ing of chair­man Coun­cil­lor Elli Petersen-Pik, three coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents – has given rec­om­men­da­tions to the coun­cil.

They in­clude con­tin­ued ed­u­ca­tion through so­cial me­dia, face-to-face and events, tar­geted cam­paigns, on­go­ing pa­trols, in­creased park­ing of­fi­cers and in­fringe­ments.

At last month’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors asked the City to look into im­prov­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of its en­force­ment of the by­law for­bid­ding parked cars from ob­struct­ing foot­paths.

The City will take ac­tion to in­crease com­mu­nity aware­ness through its on­line news­let­ter, Face­book and news­pa­per no­tices.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Brien said there had been 5172 park­ing in­fringe­ments is­sued be­tween July 2016 and July 2018, of which 7 per cent (407 in­fringe­ments) were is­sued for ve­hi­cles parked on foot­paths or pedes­trian cross­ings.

“The City is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing our foot­paths re­main safe and ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties,” he said.

“Fines of $100 may be is­sued for ve­hi­cles parked on foot­paths or pedes­trian cross­ings in line with the City of Bayswa­ter Park­ing and Park­ing Fa­cil­i­ties Local Law 2016.”

Com­mit­tee mem­ber and No­randa res­i­dent Cather­ine Mar­ion, who uses a wheel­chair, said the is­sue wors­ened with an in­crease in sub­di­vided prop­er­ties in res­i­den­tial streets.

Fel­low mem­ber and Mor­ley res­i­dent Tony San­toro, who is vis­ually im­paired, said it was an on­go­ing is­sue for ev­ery­one, not just peo­ple with prams, wheel­chairs and dis­abil­i­ties.

Mr San­toro urged peo­ple to call the rangers once they saw a car parked on a foot­path.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d486492

Com­mu­nity ac­cess and in­clu­sion ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee mem­bers Cather­ine Mar­ion, Tony San­toro and Cr Elli Petersen-Pik with a car block­ing a foot­path.

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