Higher park­ing fines likely

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Stu­art Hor­ton

Driv­ers who over­stay their wel­come or don’t ad­here to sig­nage face an ex­tra st­ing to their wal­lets with the City of Rock­ing­ham set to con­sider a new park­ing lo­cal law at Tues­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Un­der the new lo­cal law, penal­ties for vi­o­lat­ing park­ing clauses in the law, such as not pay­ing a fee in a me­tered bay, park­ing in a no park­ing area, caus­ing ob­struc­tion or stop­ping un­law­fully in marked zones, will in­crease from $65 to $100.

Ac­cord­ing to the City’s Park­ing and Park­ing Fa­cil­i­ties Lo­cal Law adopted in 2004, up to 80 park­ing of­fences carry a $65 in­fringe­ment, but if ap­proved the up­dated Park­ing Lo­cal Law 2018 will re­sult in a $100 fine im­posed for the same in­fringe­ments. The pun­ish­ment for stop­ping in a dis­abled park­ing bay and fail­ing to dis­play per­mit will in­crease from $120 to $300 un­der the new law.

“The cur­rent $65 penalty is con­sid­ered too low to act as a de­ter­rent to park il­le­gally and the cost of col­lec­tion by the City if un­paid,” the of­fi­cer’s re­port said of the in­creases. “This change is in line with other lo­cal gov­ern­ments, and it will be some time be­fore the City un­der­takes an­other review. The penal­ties have not in­creased for more than 10 years.”

If adopted, the City will erect new sig­nage to alert of the new de­ter­mi­na­tions, me­tered zones, park­ing stalls and park­ing sta­tions, and a del­e­ga­tion will be added to al­low the chief ex­ec­u­tive to en­force the leg­is­la­tion in a more prac­ti­cal man­ner.

The mat­ter will be de­cided by coun­cil af­ter it passed the Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee last week with Cr Lee Down­ham the sole dis­sent­ing vote.

The coun­cil must pass the item by an ab­so­lutely ma­jor­ity for it to be adopted.

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