A MAN’S well-intentioned stop in Quinns Rocks to watch over a “potentially dangerous” unexploded ordnance has resulted in a parking fine.
Leon White received the fine for parking on a footpath in Mindarie Drive on October 2 while he and a colleague waited for authorities to arrive to inspect the ammunition found under a pile of leaves behind a shed.
“Thankfully, the police and bomb squad removed it safely shortly after and it was no longer live,” he said.
“A week later I received a fine in the mail.
“The ‘community safety officer’ took the time to photograph my vehicle on the footpath and send a fine but not ask me to move it, or ask if he or she could be of assistance.”
The City of Wanneroo’s community and place director Debbie Terelinck said parking on a footpath was an offence under the local parking law and the penalty was $100.
“People can park on the road in designated bays and, if there are no bays, can park on the road,” she said.
“However, they should first check for any parking signage applicable for that area.
“People cannot park on verges (unless they are the occupier of the property), median strips, and traffic islands.
“If they are unsure where they can park, they should contact the City’s ranger service for advice.”
Mrs Terelinck said officers assessed “each situation on its merits” and took appropriate action.
“City officers are diligent when dealing with footpath obstructions, particularly near schools,” she said.
“Parking a vehicle on a footpath creates a hazard for pedestrians who may have to walk around the vehicle on to a road and it also has the potential to damage the footpath.”
Mr White said if community safety was an issue, the officer could have spoken to him and he would have moved the vehicle if asked.
“If it’s such a safety concern, why not remove the safety hazard?” he said.
“Are our communities that bad that people cannot talk to each other and actually make the effort to help or is it too easy just to flick out a fine and move on?”
Mrs Terelinck said if Mr White believed he should not have received the infringement due to extenuating circumstances, he could contact the City to dispute the fine and provide appropriate documentation to support his claim.
The City recently included information about parking rules in the latest eWatch newsletters.
Anyone who finds an unexploded ordnance should call police on 131 444 to arrange for suitable disposal by Defence personnel.