Rangers to target illegal parking

Kelmscott Station.
Kelmscott Station.

Transperth passengers are now required to pay a $2 fee to park at railway station parking bays on weekdays.

The parking fee was introduced in the State Government’s budget to generate revenue.

Since the introduction, rangers and parking inspectors have been out in force to deter train users from parking in residential streets.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said adequate parking in the vicinity of railway stations was always a concern, but rangers would be monitoring parking to ensure the City’s laws were followed.

‘It is the responsibility of every driver to ensure that they are aware of and comply with parking and other traffic requirements in a particular area,’ he said.

‘The City will continue to conduct regular patrols of these areas and where it is observed that vehicles are parking contrary to parking local laws the appropriate action will be taken.’

People entitled to free travel, including seniors and carers, will also need to pay for $2 railway station parking.

ACROD permit holders were also going to be charged, but Transport Minister Dean Nalder has since backtracked on the decision and they can park for free.

The Government wanted commuters to register for the paid parking system, SmartParker, before July 1.

To access the cashless, ticketless system, they will need to link their car registrations with their SmartRider online, after which they can park, swipe their cards and head straight to the station.

At most stations using cash to buy printed tickets to display in vehicles will still be an option.

The fee will apply from 5am to 9pm, Monday to Friday.

If a vehicle is not registered or ticket not displayed, motorists will be fined $50.

Visit www.transperth.wa. gov.au or call the InfoLine on 13 62 13 for more information.