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Delay to introduction of paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle

By m_ratt - 27 May 2014 5

The National Capital Authority advises:

The National Capital Authority (NCA) today advised that the commencement of pay parking in Parkes, Barton, Russell and Acton has been delayed.

Pay parking for Australian Government owned car parks in the Central National Area was proposed to start on 1 July 2014.

NCA Chief Executive, Malcolm Snow said the components and tasks involved in delivering a pay parking scheme were originally underestimated.

‘The extent and complexity of the activities involved in implementing pay parking was not sufficiently identified in the original proposal,’ he said.

‘The issues include arrangements and fees for payment of parking via credit cards, collection of cash from the machines, and charges for parking infringement notices.

‘We are taking the time to resolve these issues to ensure parking arrangements meet the service standards expected by the consumer.

‘By delaying the implementation of pay parking we can be confident that these issues are resolved and thoroughly tested so that the scheme is effectively implemented.

‘Once these issues have been resolved, implementation is expected to take approximately 8 to 12 weeks,’ he said

Some of the arrangements required to support pay parking will be implemented by 1 July. These include:

  • Installation of parking machines, parking signage, bay-line markings and pedestrian refuge traffic islands
  • Upgrades to the Windsor Walk and York Park car park
  • The mix of short stay and long stay parking has been determined
  • The allocation of volunteer, accessible and motorcycle parking; and
  • Selection of service providers for the day-to-day operation of pay parking.

The installation of 190 solar powered pay and display ticket machines also commenced this week. These machines however will not be activated until the new commencement date.

The delay is expected to be 8-12 weeks from 1 July.

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5 Responses to
Delay to introduction of paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle
magiccar9 6:20 am 30 May 14

sepi said :

There is no reason for the ACT to rush into making this happen, seeing as all the money collected goes directly to the federal govt.

I think the charge is far too high and the money should stay with the ACT government – it is all coming from local workers.

There will be chaos when this does come in – overloaded buses and cars all over nearby suburbs and civic.

I don’t think that the Feds realise that there are still going to be a vast amount of workers – both public, and private (yes, there is private enterprise in the Triangle too!) – who will refuse to pay the stupid amount per day that they’re asking. It’s only going to push cars out onto the small, tight streets in the surrounding suburbs.

Pork Hunt said :

Why didn’t the NCA simply just contract TAMS to do their dirty work for them? Why do we need to reinvent the wheel everytime a bureaucrat has a brain fart?

Probably because the Federal brain farts are bigger than most, and they seem to underestimate the impact of their actions. Also, because they only started work on this scheme a few weeks back, when they’ve had months and months to get on top of it.

** Cue the barrage of comments alike “Everywhere else in Canberra has to pay”, “Public Servants are paid enough”, etc etc.

Primal 10:36 pm 29 May 14

Pork Hunt said :

Why didn’t the NCA simply just contract TAMS to do their dirty work for them?

Because no amount of money could make TAMS want to cop more public complaints about paid parking?

sepi 8:52 pm 29 May 14

There is no reason for the ACT to rush into making this happen, seeing as all the money collected goes directly to the federal govt.

I think the charge is far too high and the money should stay with the ACT government – it is all coming from local workers.

There will be chaos when this does come in – overloaded buses and cars all over nearby suburbs and civic.

Pork Hunt 5:39 pm 29 May 14

Why didn’t the NCA simply just contract TAMS to do their dirty work for them? Why do we need to reinvent the wheel everytime a bureaucrat has a brain fart?

Pork Hunt 6:11 pm 28 May 14

Why didn’t the NCA just contract TAMS to operate the system? Why the wheel has to be reinvented every time a bureaucrat has a brain fart is beyond me.
What next ? A separate police force for the triangle?

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