Sorrento: Hummer owner calls for more understanding in parking wide cars

Gillian Bromley (Sorrento) with her Hummer H2. Picture: Martin Kennealey d485937
Gillian Bromley (Sorrento) with her Hummer H2. Picture: Martin Kennealey d485937

A HUMMER driver is calling for more understanding from parking inspectors and the general public when it comes to oversized vehicles.

Sorrento resident Gillian Bromley said people often left “rude letters or notes” on her car when she parked over two bays because it was too wide to fit in one.

One of the notes Ms Bromley has received.

Mrs Bromley contacted the Times after a recent interaction with a security officer at Karrinyup Shopping Centre who told her she would receive an infringement notice for not parking in one bay.

“He suggested that I sell my car and get a smaller one,” she said.

“I’ve never had this kind of reaction from a shopping centre before.”

In response to her written complaint, the centre said she could park in bays with yellow dots, which were for staff and contractors, and could appeal an infringement if she received one while parked there.

Mrs Bromley said those bays were still too small for her car and appealed for centre management to do more to accommodate customers in larger cars.

“I don’t want to contravene the law,” she said.

Karrinyup Shopping Centre manager Tim Richards said the centre encouraged responsible driving and parking on its property.

“Our centre management team have been liaising with the customer to address the concerns raised and to offer suitable alternative parking options for larger vehicles given our bays are a standard size of 2.5m,” he said.

“The safety and wellbeing of the people who visit and work at our centre is our number one priority and this includes our car parks.”

Mrs Bromley said security at other shopping centres recognised her car was too big for one bay and she hadn’t had problems parking in two.

The City of Stirling Parking Local Law says larger vehicles can park in more than one bay.

“If a vehicle is too long or too wide to fit completely within a single parking bay then the person parking the vehicle shall do so within the minimum number of parking bays needed to park that vehicle,” it said.

Similar rules apply in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo.