Confused drivers buy Wilson Parking tickets for City of Subiaco bays

A car displaying a full-day Wilson Parking ticket also received a caution notice from a City of Subiaco parking ranger.
A car displaying a full-day Wilson Parking ticket also received a caution notice from a City of Subiaco parking ranger.

PEOPLE are unwittingly buying obsolete Wilson Parking tickets at Seddon Street carpark.

On October 23, the City of Subiaco ended its management agreement of 46 carbays with Wilson Parking and installed street signs displaying a changeover to 30-minute free parking.

However, Wilson Parking ticket machines are still fully functional because the private parking contractor continues to manage two of the three properties at the carpark.

The Western Suburbs Weekly observed two people parked in City-managed bays buying tickets from Wilson Parking machines at about 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.

When alerted to the new signs, one man said he would “not take any chances” with a $65 fine.

“The machines are still working, so as far as I can tell it’s still $4 an hour,” he said.

One person who paid $12 for a full-day parking ticket had a ‘caution only’ City infringement notice stuck on their car windshield which read: ‘Ticket not valid (in) this area, please see sign!’.

Wilson Parking Australia chief executive Steve Evans said Wilson Parking had met with the Subiaco Council to request that their signage be clearer to better inform parkers that no is ticket was required.

“Wilson removed its ticket machine from Seddon Street as part of the changeover,” Mr Evans said.

Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said additional works to further define the separate parking areas, including signs and line markings, would be completed “as soon as possible”.

At a council meeting in August, councillors said they were fed up with Wilson Parking “hijacking the town’s parking” with expensive tickets, wheel clamping and “bullying tactics”.

“I would be all for pulling out of this (agreement), buying some yellow paint at Bunnings and differentiating ourselves by marking out new bays,” Cr Murray Rowe said.