City of Fremantle to reimburse parking fines

City of Fremantle to reimburse parking fines

THE City of Fremantle will reimburse 10 parking fines paid for infringements issued along Mouat Street on September 29, after it found parking inspectors had not followed process.

Last week the Fremantle Gazette reported Notre Dame student Lisa Critchley received an infringement for parking in what she believed was a free space.

The Golden Bay resident said she parked in front of a ‘3P 9am-5pm’ at 6pm with other cars on the street and did not think she deserved a ticket.

In November she noticed a new split sign had been erected in the place of the original sign.

At the time of reporting the incident, a spokesman from the City said the signs and time restrictions on Mouat Street had not changed for many years.

Following the article Ms Critchley said she received a call from the City’s parking team leader advising her process had not been followed and she would be reimbursed.

“He is going to cancel the infringement and repay the people who have paid fines from that night,” she said.

A City spokesman said they had received advice from their parking department stating the wrong sign was installed after September 6 and the correct one was installed on October 4.

“The total number of infringements issued in that period was 40 including the 10 on 29 September,” he said.

“All have either already been cancelled prior to payment or the vehicle owners will be advised that they can get a refund.”

The City has since changed its processes to ensure that officers must attend the site of any complaint regarding signage before any correspondence is sent.

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