Last week I noticed new parking signs at the Belconnen Markets. Not sure how long they have been there but it appears the internal parking area has been allocated to Wilson Parking via their ‘Parking Enforcement Services’.
I presume this means it will become a paid parking area. The individual parking signs however are a bit confusing along with the overly wordy entrance sign of ‘terms and conditions’ that drivers are supposed to agree to when parking there. A problem with this sign is it appears only at the northern entrance to the area and there is no similar sign at the eastern entrance. This means drivers entering from the east would not have any idea of the ‘terms and conditions’ they are supposed to agree to when they park. Somehow I doubt if any drivers will read the sign of 12 ‘terms and conditions’ at the northern entrance.
A couple of the ‘T and Cs’ are interesting.
T and C no.1 says ‘You may only park your vehicle in the Car Park for the time displayed on signs throughout the carpark during one day (not per stay).’ Does this mean if you have to make 2 trips to the Markets you are not allowed to accumulate more than 2 hours in any one day if you want to park in this area?
T and C no.8 includes the statement, ‘we may use optical and listening surveillance equipment to record conversations and activities’. Under what circumstances are they allowed to use these techniques?
It appears Wilson use registration vehicle plate recognition but what authority do they have to collect any ACT registration data and owner information, and what mechanisms do they have to chase up parking fee defaulters?
It is my understanding they only have the power to refuse entry into the car park for a fee defaulter. Does this mean boom gates will be installed at the markets?
All I can see from this is profit making over shopper convenience.