East Fremantle: Parking changes in the town

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EAST Fremantle has written off 95 parking infringements and taken away ‘display a valid ticket’ as a reason for appeal in parking decisions.

The town waived a total of $11,978.65 parking infringement debt, which span from 2006 to 2014, at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

At the same meeting the council removed ‘a valid ticket was purchased’ as a reason when reappealing a fine.

Four reasons were given for the change in a report given to council.

“Staff were occasionally exercising delegated authority to reduce the penalty for ‘failure to display a valid parking ticket’, which has created an ambiguous precedent for the assessment of appeals moving forward,” it read.

“The issuance of infringements for this is offence is the one that impacts highest on rangers operational times, the ranger is required to extend their efforts to ascertain if a ticket has fallen on the floor.

“In many cases infringed drivers do not appeal until they receive Councils’ final notice.

“Failure to display is in fact an offence and if rangers are to maintain a service level that is equitable, fair and impartial to all driver then infringements that are issued should be upheld.”

Councillor Jenny Harrington said she supported the policy.

“Everyone knows tickets should be displayed properly,” she said.

“I see no reason why we shouldn’t do this.”

The policy is in line with other councils such as the City of South Perth.