Mosman Needs YOU! Councillors urge community to boycott planned parking sensor enforcement.
By ANNA USHER.
There is no greater hot button issue in the Mosman community right now than sensor parking enforcement.
And local Councillors Roy Bendall, Jacqui Willoughby and Simon Menzies are preparing for battle tomorrow night, as they tackle the long running debate over whether they should be switched on.
The trio lodged a rescission motion at last months Council meeting, in response to an earlier vote where Mayor Carolyn Corrigan broke a 3-3 deadlock, voting in favour of using the sensors for enforcement.
It follows two previous attempts, which were also repealed.
“We are expecting some fairly heated discussion at the meeting, but there is firm belief on our side that these sensors should not be turned on,” Councillor Willoughby told Mosman Collective.
“There has been a consistent and relentless drive by the Mayor and the General Manager to switch them on - despite more than 90% of people doing the right thing and adhering to the rules.
“It’s complete madness.”
Councillor Willoughby said sensor-based enforcement would have a severe impact on local mothers, who use parking spaces “numerous times each day” to run errands.
“Just think about the mums who get delayed at a doctors appointment, at the post office or a swimming lesson with their children,” she asked, “does this mean they can expect to receive a parking ticket on their car for being late?”
“And then what happens when you bump into someone on the street and stop for a chat - will you get a ticket because you’ve spent a few minutes connecting with a friend instead of moving your car?”
At least 1000 parking sensors are currently installed in the suburb and used for the council’s “Park Mosman” app, which alerts drivers to vacant spaces. Data shows higher than 90% compliance rate, with sensored spaces used 11,000 times a day (between 8am and 6pm) and around 900 vehicles over-staying timed limits.
A consultant report, commissioned by Council, shows the highest number of cars in expired parking bays are found in the Vista St and Mosman Square carparks - and also on Avenue Rd.
If Council votes in favour of utilising the technology for enforcement, it means sensors could be immediately turned on, notifying Rangers to come and book you.
The new system would also replace the current tyre-chalking method, which the commissioned report described as “labour intensive”.
Latest figures show that in the 11 months to May, a total of 18,691 parking tickets were issued in Mosman, raising $2.98m in revenue.
Councillors Roy Bendall, Jacqui Willoughby and Simon Menzies are urging the community to “SAY NO” on the issue on sensored parking enforcement - and encourage locals to have their say at the Council meeting tomorrow night.