Par­ents hit by park­ing fines

Kwinana Courier - - News - Gabrielle Jef­fery

ROCK­ING­HAM Lakes Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Tim Sewell has ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment with a City of Rock­ing­ham de­ci­sion to fine par­ents at school dropoff times dur­ing the con­struc­tion of a new carpark.

Mr Sewell said works be­gan in July dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

“We only found out the works had be­gun when we got back to school for the start of this term; the City did not tell us,” he said

“We quickly raised sev­eral al­ter­na­tives with the City, such as park­ing on the oval; how­ever, they got knocked back,” he said.

“So we or­gan­ised for par­ents to use the bus park­ing bays as a tem­po­rary ‘kiss and drop’ area un­til the works were com­plete.

“We even moved our buses into the staff carpark so par­ents could do that.

“How­ever, the City of Rock­ing­ham had their rangers out fin­ing par­ents park­ing there.

“They then said the bus bay is for buses only and they will make no ex­cep­tions – even dur­ing the con­struc­tion of our new car park.

“To those par­ents I apol­o­gise for the con­fu­sion; I thought I had found a suit­able short-term so­lu­tion. How­ever, the City of Rock­ing­ham sees it dif­fer­ently.”

Mayor Barry Sam­mels would not be drawn on whether the school was no­ti­fied of the works’ start date.

“The school was in­volved in the de­tailed de­sign of the carpark and has been no­ti­fied of when the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted,” he said.

He said park­ing al­ter­na­tives had been sug­gested.

“The City worked closely with the school be­fore the project started and sug­gested a num­ber of al­ter­na­tive park­ing ar­range­ments for the school to im­ple­ment within its grounds,” he said.

“We en­cour­aged the school to com­mu­ni­cate the works to the school com­mu­nity through their news­let­ter.”

He said the fines re­lated to child safety con­cerns and not money.

“Park­ing in a bus bay in the City of Rock­ing­ham is a breach of lo­cal laws,” he said.

“In this in­stance the City was not con­sulted by the school re­gard­ing its di­rec­tion to par­ents to use the bus bay. No mem­ber of the school has the au­thor­ity to give per­mis­sion to peo­ple to breach road rules or lo­cal laws.

“Il­le­gal park­ing around schools is one of the high­est con­trib­u­tors to the in­jury and death of chil­dren from traf­fic col­li­sions. Ac­cord­ingly, high-vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols are con­ducted reg­u­larly at all schools across the City.”

The $65 fine would not be can­celled but par­ents could ap­peal them.

“The City has a thor­ough ap­peals ad­min­is­tra­tion process,” Mr Sam­mels said.

“Peo­ple who re­ceived an in­fringe­ment af­ter they parked or stopped in the bus bay due to the ad­vice they re­ceived from the prin­ci­pal should cite this is­sue when mak­ing an ap­peal for the in­fringe­ment to be with­drawn.”

Mr Sewell said par­ents could do this by com­plet­ing an in­fringe­ment ap­peal, ei­ther on­line or in per­son.

“The City of Rock­ing­ham has sug­gested in­clud­ing a copy of the com­mu­ni­ca­tion we sent home about the ‘kiss and ride’ with your ap­peal in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

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