Ex­pect a fine if you go against the flow

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

The City of Rock­ing­ham has re­minded driv­ers that park­ing against the flow of traf­fic is il­le­gal, af­ter sev­eral fines were re­cently is­sued out­side the Warn­bro Cen­tre.

The Sound Tele­graph was con­tacted by peo­ple hit with $ 65 fines along the Warn­bro Sound Av­enue en­trance to the cen­tre, with many say­ing they had never been warned, let alone fined, for park­ing against traf­fic in the par­al­lel park­ing bays di­rectly out­side the cen­tre.

The City said the fines were not part of a re­cent crack­down on driv­ers, but Mayor Barry Sam­mels said park­ing against the flow of traf­fic was an of­fence.

“Park­ing against the flow of traf­fic is not safe and it is highly likely that any ve­hi­cle park­ing in this man­ner has had to drive on the wrong side of the road to do so,” he said.

“Our roads and ve­hi­cles, with their var­i­ous mir­rors, lights and re­flec­tive lenses, are not de­signed for this type of driv­ing or park­ing be­hav­iour.

“It’s even more dan­ger­ous at night and/ or if a car is parked di­rectly next to you.”

Mr Sam­mels said that when is­su­ing in­fringe­ments or cau­tions at the Warn­bro Cen­tre, or at any other lo­ca­tion, the City’s Rangers were “em­pow­ered” to use their dis­cre­tion based on time, place and cir­cum­stance.

“It is im­por­tant to high­light that in years gone by this type of of­fence was more com­mon across the City,” he said.

“How­ever, thanks to ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment, park­ing be­hav­iour has im­proved and we are now see­ing fewer peo­ple park­ing against the flow of traf­fic.”

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