15 October 2012

Why did the pay parking fees go up - and then not go up?

| cmdwedge
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Noticed something strange. The pay-parking fees for me in Belconnen were to have marched upwards to $9.00 a day (up from $8.00). They’ve increased by a dollar per year each and every year for the 3 I’ve worked in Belco. The stickers went up on the parking meters, telling everyone that fees would increase to $9.00/day as of xx of September. I can’t recall the exact date.

The date came, and the rates stayed at $8.00. I figured that they had just made a mistake, but sure enough, a month or more later, the rates are still at $8.00. I think that the $6.50 parking was to go up to $7.00 or $7.50.

A quick look at the TAMS parking map shows that the rate is indeed still $8.00. The strange thing is that the timestamp on the PDF is 030912 – did something happen on or just before that date that caused TAMS to not update the pricing?

Am I being a cynic by suggesting, as a workmate did, that there is an election on, and parking rates were put on hold until October 21st? Or is it something less dodgy?

Thanks for any help you might be able to offer.

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Hopefully they’ll put them up by $1.50 on 1 November to make up for the lost revenue

And then when it does come into effect, and they start handing out tickets – they will say “oh but the sign has been there for a while you shoulda known etc…

Growling Ferret said :

Wait until after the election. I predict 1 November….

…and they will go up by $2 to pay for the stamp duty cut (oh and rates won’t triple… everything else will)

steele_blade8:38 pm 15 Oct 12

predator_pb said :

There seems to be a lack of speed camera vans around lately as well…

No, no. That little furphy was dismissed last week on RA with multiple sightings. You don’t get to drag it up again as a silly election conspiracy. http://the-riotact.com/speed-camera-vans-mia/84883

There seems to be a lack of speed camera vans around lately as well…

colourful sydney racing identity4:31 pm 15 Oct 12

Bluey said :

Election year. Nuff said.

+1 I think cmd wedge is right to be cynical about this.

Election year. Nuff said.

Growling Ferret said :

Wait until after the election. I predict 1 November….

The cynic in me agrees.
The same thing happened with the parking in Woden, after the Liberals made a big deal over the cost of living pressures caused by the increases [1], the price rises didn’t happen.

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra

1. http://www.alistaircoe.com.au/2012/new-parking-costs/

Well I rang TAMS, who put me through to the Parking people. Spoke with a nice bloke there and asked him why it was originally signposted that prices were riding to $9.00, but then they didn’t rise after all. He said “they decided not to raise them then”.

Read into that what you will.

Growling Ferret1:19 pm 15 Oct 12

Wait until after the election. I predict 1 November….

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