When Kiama Council decided to introduce parking restrictions in Wilson and Ocean Streets, there was an acknowledgement that the parking restrictions would not be effective without regular policing.
And policing costs money. Ratepayers money.
There appear to be some regular offenders who are continually flouting the parking restrictions.
The owner of the vehicle below, for example, seems to have a strange interpretation of parallel parking. Parallel to what?…
Not only is this vehicle parked illegally, it is also protruding onto the road causing a safety hazard.
The white 4WD vehicle below has been parked in this space for at least 24 hours, infringing the 4 hour parking restrictions, as well as being parked facing in the wrong direction. The car behind the 4WD soon followed the example.
(Update – I actually saw the 4WD leaving the following day, having a horn-blasting incident when it nearly collided with an unsighted vehicle leaving the Holiday Park.)
The red vehicle below soon picked up on the idea and parked in the wrong direction overnight.
The owner of the vehicle below chose to avoid the hassle of on-road parking restrictions (and a walk down Ocean Street) and parked their vehicle for the day in a driveway – which also happens to be an entrance for emergency vehicle access to the headland.
Some vehicle owners will continue to flout the parking regulations, because there is a good chance that there will be no penalty for doing so – and word will spread quickly amongst their friends.
Of course, the meetings of Council staff and the Traffic Committee to plan the parking restrictions, the sign-posting and marking of the parking zones, the policing of the parking restrictions, the issuing of warnings and infringement notices, the follow-up on unpaid parking fines and the cleaning up of the refuse left behind by BIG4 Easts Holiday Park patrons parked in Wilson and Ocean Streets, is all at the expense of Kiama Council, rather than the business that is generating a financial profit from these holiday makers.
If these vehicles belong to people visiting friends staying in the Holiday Park or, in the case of vehicles parked overnight, belong to Holiday Park patrons, they should be parked within the Holiday Park.
But a parking area costs money to construct and maintain – and the business has managed to move that cost to local ratepayers.
It is a great business model.