Notre Dame student calls City of Fremantle’s attempt to swap parking signs ‘cheeky’


Left: The sign on Sept 29 and two months later on Nov 6.
Notre Dame student calls City of Fremantle’s attempt to swap parking signs ‘cheeky’
Left: The sign on Sept 29 and two months later on Nov 6.

NOTRE Dame student Lisa Critchley has called the City of Fremantle’s alleged attempt to swap parking signs as “cheeky” after she was left $50 out of pocket.

The masters student, who attended a study night at the Fremantle campus on September 29, said the night ended expensively after she discovered a $50 parking infringement on her windscreen in what she believed was a free parking space.

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

“I looked at the sign and it said until 5pm so I thought ‘great, no problem I won’t get a ticket’,” she said.

“When I returned to the car about 8pm my car and others on the street had been given a parking infringement of $50.

“When I got the ticket, I said I’m going to fight it, this must have been a mistake.”

The 45-year-old said she emailed the City to file an official complaint but received a response stating that “split signage” had occurred in Fremantle and it was her responsibility to pay the fine.

Ms Critchley said at that point she was prepared to pay the fine but then noticed the new split signage had been erected in place of the original sign, which was not split.

A City of Fremantle spokesman said parking signs had not been changed on Mouat Street.

“The signs and time restrictions on Mouat Street have been in place for many years and have not changed,” he said.

“If people feel they have been unfairly issued with a parking infringement they can appeal through the proper channels.”

Ms Critchley said it was the same pole with a brand new sign.

“The pole had a distinctive sticker on it and I want another review. I would have paid for it if they hadn’t changed the signs,” she said.

“It was a very cheeky move and it’s not fair on the other car owners that got a fine that night.”

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