Call for parking fee amnesty

Simone Kenyon says there are few parking options at Cockburn Central train station. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d420501
Simone Kenyon says there are few parking options at Cockburn Central train station. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d420501

Simone Kenyon decided to speak up after being fined $100 by the City of Cockburn for parking on a verge on Knock Place.

While she admitted there were signs clearly stating verge parking was not allowed, she said there was no alternative with the carpark’s 1360 bays filled up by 8am.

‘(They should) absolutely do away with fines until the new station at Aubin Grove is built (in late 2016),’ she said.

‘Fines are unjust as there is literally nowhere else to park.’

Ms Kenyon said she had been parking on the verge for months but had been fined only once.

Cockburn’s community services manager Rob Avard said local landowners had complained about people parking on verges, forcing the City to go harder on illegal parking.

He said further signage had been placed around driveways to deter people from blocking heavy vehicles struggling to enter and exit the area.

A plan by the Public Transport Authority to introduce a $2 parking fee for all parking bays at Transperth train stations was also rubbished by Ms Kenyon.

‘If the parking is unsecured then we should not have to pay a fee. It’s already expensive to catch the train,’ she said.

‘The reason why people catch it is for convenience and congestion of traffic. However, if it’s going to cost me a $100 fine here and there and to pay for unsecured parking then I would rather deal with peak- hour traffic purely on the principle.’

PTA spokesman David Hynes said it was not practical or even possible to provide a free parking bay to every transport user.

Cockburn engineering director Michael Littleton said there was no plan to expand the carpark until the traffic issues were addressed.