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  • Open Letters in West Australian - NO Increase in Bike Bay Fees

    Here's a copy of the text from page 40? of todays Worst, was a bit surprised about the bike bit, what an earth do they mean???

    Dear City Parker

    As car park owners and operators, we must pay a Parking Levy to the State Government for commercial parking bays. To date, the Levy has funded the very popular free Central Area Transit (CAT] bus services.

    Despite our strongest objection, and without any consultation, the State Government has significantly increased the Levy which will directly result in substantial increases in the parking fees you pay.

    As of 1 July 2009 the Parking Levy will increase as follows:

    Short stay bays -currently at $183 will be $555 per bay per annum. This is an increase of over 200%.

    Long stay bays -are $212 and will jump to $586 per bay per annum. This is an increase of over 175%.

    Motorcycle bays -jump from $91.50 to a massive $460.50. This is an increase of over 400%.

    We are united in emphasising the State Government's responsibility for the higher parking fees you will soon pay. We are simply collecting tax on their behalf. As city-based parking providers, we are compelled by law to pay the new Parking Levy.

    We are vehemently opposed to the increase for the following reasons:
    1 The State Government has incorrectly stated the increase is just $1.02 per day per bay. The actual cost is much higher. As many bays do not generate a fee during certain times of the week and year, the maths is flawed because we must pay this levy on all street-kerb and off-street bays, regardless of whether motorists pay a fee. GST will also apply to these increased fees.

    2 The real increase amounts to between $1.60 and $3.00 extra per day out of your pocket and hourly parking rates will be up to 50 cents more. We believe this is very unfair to the parking public.

    3 Through this increased Parking Levy, the actual revenue which the State Government seeks to raise is an extra $16.4 million. We are very concerned there has been no specific budget commitment as to how the extra revenue will be spent. We firmly believe it should be spent on more public transport and parking improvements.

    Perth comes alive when its people can be seen enjoying our great attractions and we do not wish to see this levy deterring people from coming to the city.

    We seek your support in trying to reduce the negative effects of the State Government's increased Parking Levy. Let's ensure, at least, the immediate enhancement of the free CAT bus services for the city's visitors, tourists and commuting workforce.

    Thank you for your consideration and support. Please contact the State Government at to voice your disapproval of the fee increases due to commence on 1 July 2009.
    Letter signed by Wilson's and others
    Last edited by Stoneville; 08-07-2009, 09:13 AM. Reason: updated title to reflect latest news

  • #2
    WTF? where did all the replys go??
    Can you help with foster care?


    • #3
      kooky, i cant even see them

      meh, they are private business' and should be able to charge what they want

      now if they are price fixing or colluding amongst the industry then that's different



      • #4
        In the Parking thread ( the one that references the petition and all that) these fees are referred to and have been cited by the PCC as amongst reasons why they can't put bike bays in suitable non-cage gaps alongside the curbs as FCC have done...

        Hopefully the guys who were seeking clarification from the DPI will find their way back to this now-cleansed thread....


        • #5
          Further to this, is this article in today's paper (page 62), why would they put in more bike bays when it costs them more to do it??

          It looks like most of the on street bike parking will still be free for a few more years though, as they don't want to put meters back on the footpaths.

          Perth City Council will reintroduce on-street parking fees for motorcycles as a result of the 400 per cent jump in the State Government's CBD parking levy for motorcycle bays and 170 per cent levy increase for car bays.

          The council is trying to recoup some of the extra $7.2 million it will now be forced to pay each year across its 15,000 city bays.

          PCC chief executive Frank Edwards said the council was looking at an alternative to bringing back old-fashioned coin-operated "stalk" meters for motorcycles, which were originally abandoned because they were so ugly. When ticket machines were introduced, there was no place on a motorcycle to put a ticket, so the bays have been free.

          The government levy for long¬term car bays has been pushed up 170 per cent, or $365 to $586 a bay each year, resulting in parking fees being lifted by $2.50 to $3 a day. But the levy for motorcycle bays has leapt more than 400 per cent from $91.50 to $460.50 a bay per year.

          "We get three motorcycle bays in the space of one carpark bay," Mr Edwards said. The council would now have to pay $1381.50 for every three motorcycle bays as opposed to $586 for each car bay each year. In all, it would cost the council an extra $217,000 a year for all the free motorcycle bays.

          Mr Edwards said the council would explore new technology options to enable fees to be charged for motorcycles. They would be phased in over the next few years.

          Jones Lang LaSalle's regional director of advisory services, Graham Kennedy, said the annual carpark levy had outgrown the tenant bay cost by 354 per cent in the past 10 years.

          Perth parking licence fees for short and long-term bays in the CBD were introduced in 1999 at $70 a bay annually, he said. At that time, a CBD tenant was pay¬ing about $4800 a bay each year.

          This year's increase in the levy for long-term bays to $586 rep¬resented a 10-year annual compound increase of23.6 per cent.

          And a tenant's bay now cost up to $9000 each year, which was an annual compound increase of 6. 5 per cent and was based on market forces.

          By comparison, in Mel¬bourne, the carparking levy in January 2006 was $400 each year, rising to $850 in January this year.

          This represented compound growth over the three years of 28.5 per cent.

          Tenant car bays were $4800 a year in January 2006 and had remained the same, with no increase at all.

          In Sydney, the carparking levy in June 2000 was $950 each year, jumping to $2000 from next month. This meant compound growth over nine years of 8. 6 per cent. Tenant car bays were $6600 each year in June 2000 and rise to $8400 from next month, meaning a compound increase of . 2.7 per cent.

          Mr Kennedy said it was astounding that the levy in Perth had risen by almost four times as much as market forces dictated.

          WA division of the Property Council of Australia executive director Joe Lenzo said the increase, which owners were told would be 4.2 per cent this year but which was bumped up to 170 per cent in the State Budget, was unconscionable.

          He said the public information campaign by the PCA, Perth City Council and Wilson Parking would be ramped up.

          Wilson Parking's parking division chief executive, Craig Smith, said the company would continue to put pressure on the Government and tell the public the carpark fee increases were a direct result of the levy increase.


          • #6
            I have just sent the below to the responsible Ministers in Cabinet, and my local Member. Suggest as many as possible from here do the same...

            Dear Sirs

            I imagine that this issue lays across all of your portfolios; and Minister Day, you are my local Member. I shall be brief.

            At present, a reasonable amount of energy is being expended by various stake-holder organisations and individuals seeking to encourage the Perth City Council to enhance the motor cycle parking capacity within the CBD.

            This is because the present availability of motor cycle/scooter parking is:
            • Limited
            • Not commensurate with either motorcycle & scooter usage, or increase in usage
            • Not commensurate with site-opportunity in way of on-street and off-street parking areas (i.e. large increases in available m/c parking may be accomplished without significantly impacting car parking availability – as has been demonstrated by FCC in their uptake of on-road nooks-&-cranny parking for motor cycles/scooters)

            There is rational and objective benefit in enhancing this capacity (and thereby the convenience of motor cycle/scooter usage) which includes but is not limited to:
            • Environmental impact of private transport – net reductions
            • Fuel consumption and emission reductions
            • Road infrastructure maintenance benefits in way of wear and tear reduction
            • Road infrastructure usage benefit in way of reduced traffic density
            • Parking space conservation – noting that ‘one person per vehicle parking’ is the norm in our city, and that motor cycles/scooters park at the rate of conservatively 3, and more typically 5, person-vehicles per car-bay.

            To date we have seen an open letter by parking providers, and the identification of Parking Bay License Fee increases of apparently inordinate magnitude (>400%) with respect to motor cycle parking bays – well in excess of other apparently huge increases in parking bay licence fees.

            I would like to know what the reason for this apparent victimisation/targeting might be; and also wish to observe that this increase in fees will further (and possibly fatally) restrict any opportunity to persuade the PCC and other parking providers generally to provide more motor cycle parking anywhere.

            May I suggest that this is not good or balanced policy, and may I also request that this particular proposal be revisited and struck down.

            I look forward to your early response, and also suggest that some response to the public letters may be beneficial.

            Yours faithfully etc


            • #7
              mmm very well written and concise, may I cut and paste with a little added for myself??


              • #8
                Stoney - you and anyone on PSB are welcome to use it in any positive way...


                • #9
                  Bump... could be doing something to benefit m/c & scoots in the CBD


                  • #10
                    Just come back from Paris and the number of bikes and scooters parked on the footpath, with no worries, made me rather jealous - and pissed off at the city authorities pig headed attitude toward two wheeled parking.
                    One day they may grow up, but, rational maturity is something Aus and NZ authorities seem to lack in spades.....
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                    “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. - W Churchill”


                    • #11
                      Reminds me of travelling around Japan. You could park your bike (motor and pushie) in most places. If you parked in a restricted area, you would recieve a note informing you not to park there again. If seemed to be a good system without just fining the crap out of people.
                      Can you help with foster care?


                      • #12
                        simple: boycott perth.

                        if you have to work there, bad luck, but if you have the choice whether to go there to shop or whatever, vote with your $$
                        “Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up,” Checa told me a while back. “It’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” -- Carlos Checa


                        • #13
                          Why cant PCC be more like Melbourne?

                          Melbourne is the only capital city in Australia where you can legally park a motorcycle on the footpath.
                          Melbourne city motorcycle parking
                          Last edited by Bundera; 24-06-2009, 05:41 PM. Reason: Googled it


                          • #14
                            ^^ see living in dark ages thread.
                            “Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up,” Checa told me a while back. “It’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” -- Carlos Checa


                            • #15
                              they need heated grips year-round though