CITY of Armadale is clamping down on an increasing number of people parking illegally, with rangers set to issue fines of up to $1000.
The move follows concerns about a growing number of complaints about vehicles parked illegally on footpaths, kerbs and street corners, putting pedestrians and motorists at risk.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones is encouraging residents and visitors to be more considerate of others when parking vehicles around the City’s streets.
“Parking on the footpath is dangerous to pedestrians as well as being illegal and motorists need to ensure that the footpath is kept clear for people to walk,” Cr Zelones said.
“Many motorists don’t realise the difficulties they can cause pedestrians when they park their vehicles indiscriminately on or over a footpath.
“Recently the City has received a number of reports regarding trade vehicles being parked illegally adjacent to, or near, building sites causing obstruction to pedestrian traffic; or parked close to corners so as to obstruct the line of sight for other road users.”
Some of the most vulnerable pedestrians may be young children, parents with infants in strollers or the elderly.
When pedestrians have to walk on the road to get around a vehicle parked across a footpath, the opportunity to increase the risk of a serious injury or even death is significantly increased.
The City’s ranger will continue to be vigilant to ensure the safety of pedestrians.
“One of the ways of achieving this is by a strict application of the Local Law Relating to Parking; thereby reducing the risk of injury caused by the indiscriminate parking of vehicles,” Cr Zelones said.
Failure to comply with requests from the City to park correctly may incur a fine of up to $1000.
If people see a vehicle that is parked illegally and obstructing visibility, they should contact the City’s Ranger Services on 9394 5000.