Hefty fines for illegal commercial vehicle parking

A NUMBER of residents have recently been prosecuted for commercial vehicle parking in the Shire of Mundaring, with fines totalling more than $20,000.

A/Chief Executive Officer Paul O'Connor said commercial vehicle parking had increasingly becoming an issue in the Shire.

"Under Local Planning Scheme No. 4, parking a commercial vehicle on a rural or residential lot requires planning approval," he said.

"Unauthorised commercial parking seems to have increased more recently, which could be a consequence of the general downturn in mining activity.

"Residents are encouraged to work with the Shire's Planning officers to understand their obligations and avoid potential prosecution."

The Shire has recently had a number of successful prosecutions.

  • A Midvale resident was fined $10,000 with legal fees of $1293 for parking multiple trucks on the property.
  • A Stoneville resident was fined $4000 and legal costs totalling $4054 for an unauthorised business.
  • Another Stoneville resident was fined $500 and $1200 in legal costs for unauthorised parking of a commercial vehicle.

Mr O'Connor said owners were given multiple warnings about complying, with those continuing to flout the law likely to be prosecuted.

"While acknowledging that some commercial vehicles can be accommodated without disturbance, the Shire has an obligation to help protect surrounding residents' amenity," he said.

"Commercial vehicles often start up early in the morning and arrive back late at night and in quiet rural or residential areas they can cause significant noise disturbance to neighbours. They can also detract from the visual amenity of local areas."

Council adopted a Commercial Vehicle Parking Policy at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 12 April. Changes from the previous policy include generally only allowing commercial vehicles to enter or leave a property between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday. Small trucks which can be driven with a 'C' class licence but are rated to carry more than 1.5 tonnes can now be considered commercial vehicles.

Residents seeking planning approval are required to complete Form 1. For more information phone 9290 6740 or visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au

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