Carpark stations within the City of Greater Geraldton have changed to provide an improved user friendly experience and consistency with signage located throughout the State.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City’s parking machines now provide credit card and coin payment options.
“The credit card payment option is an added convenience however as with all technology, there are times when credit card connection to banks is affected preventing the use of credit card facilities,” the Mayor said.
“It is, however advisable to have coins at hand, because it is also a legal requirement to utilise the coin option if the credit card facility is faulty.”
Placing the parking ticket on the dash of the vehicle so it is clearly visible is also a legal requirement allowing the Parking Ranger to easily detect the ticket.
“Paying for parking either within a parking station or ‘on road’ parking has historically been a contention for many people,” said Mayor Van Styn.
“Contrary to what some believe, Parking Rangers do not enforce parking compliance for revenue gain, they monitor parking to assist local businesses with economic gain by ensuring potential customers have fair and regular access to parking bays.
“For example, if vehicles were permitted to park in the Marine Terrace mall with no time limits applicable, the ability for customers to park adjacent and or close to shops would be impacted and in turn negatively affect Geraldton’s economic as a whole.”
If vehicles overstay the permitted time limit, not only does that prohibit other vehicles from accessing parking, it also decreases small business revenue.