A TAPPING resident says a “ridiculous rule” has seen them fined for parking in their own driveway.
Sandy Regterschot received a $100 infringement from the City of Wanneroo on November 15 while her vehicle was parked in her driveway on Spring Hill, opposite Spring Hill Primary School.
Signs were installed a couple of years ago that prohibit stopping on the road or nature strip between 7.30am and 9am and 2.30pm and 4pm on school days.
There is no footpath on her property’s side of the road and Mrs Regterschot said she was unaware the crossover section of her driveway was regarded as a nature strip for parking purposes.
“If this is the case where are we supposed to move our cars to during these times?” she said.
“We have five cars as we have grown up children with cars and work vehicles too.
“And where can tradies park if they come to do work at your house for the day?”
According to Mrs Regterschot, some of her neighbours had also been fined within the past six months, including a residence that owned a caravan.
To avoid further penalties, she said a ranger told her to use the school parking bays but believed that was “not common sense”.
“I’m sure the parents picking up their children would appreciate having nowhere to park,” she said.
The City consulted with the school and residents prior to installing the signs, which aimed to stop parents from blocking access to residents’ properties, though Mrs Regterschot said they were not told the nature strip included that section of the driveway.
“They can’t on one hand say ‘It’s your property, people need permission to park there’, then on the other hand say ‘It’s our property’,” she said.
“They can’t have it both ways.”
The City’s assets director said as well as reducing congestion around the school, the signs helped with safety.
“As parked vehicles can obstruct the view of children crossing the road, parking prohibitions are often necessary near schools to allow children to cross the road safely,” he said.
“The driveway between the property boundary and the road is considered as part of the nature strip and residents are not permitted to park on this section of driveway if parking prohibition signs restrict the ability to do so.
“The residents and visitors are able to park on street/nature strip outside the parking prohibition zones/times and/or within their property boundaries and in designated parking bays, where available.”