Bayswater cracks down on illegal cars
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.
Community access and inclusion advisory committee members Catherine Marion, Tony Santoro and Cr Elli Petersen-Pik with a car blocking a footpath.