Dangerous parking in local streets
We can all see the proliferation of cars being parked on streets in every residential suburb by people who apparently do not have their own garage or parking space on their property, or are too lazy to use them.
In our street alone, the residents in a group of three villas routinely park five vehicles on the street, while only one person parks in a garage, leaving six other parking spaces vacant on the property (4 garage spaces and 2 visitor spaces).
When all these cars are parked, passing traffic is limited safely to one lane, and often cars turning right into Brush Road from the T-intersection with Tramway Street have to brake suddenly to avoid the car parked at the T-intersection and to allow cars already coming along Brush Road to pass.
The buses travelling on this route often have to back-and-fill to turn the corner as the cars take up too much room on the road!
My husband and I have already had one accident while turning into our driveway, as cars coming from Tramway Street or along Brush Road from Victoria Road must think our right-hand turn signal has been left on from turning right out of Tramway Street!
We now have to exaggerate the fact that we are slowing down past Tramway Street, and then use the right indicator to ensure that drivers behind us aren’t tempted to try and overtake!
I am aware that it’s not feasible to impose a requirement on car buyers that they demonstrate they have an off-road car parking space before they can buy the car (if the Japanese can do it, so can we!!).
However, could steps be taken to encourage people to keep their parked cars off the road – perhaps: For those who don’t confirm they have an off-road car parking space: issuing fees for parking licences, or increasing car registration costs; fining those owners of cars parked too close to corners/building alignments, double-lines, in T-intersections and across residential driveways.
This suburb was once a quiet, leafy-green place to enjoy outdoor living, neighbourhood walks and safe driving, but is fast becoming an unattractive place to live.
Our neighbours are gradually moving away, and we are even less inclined to stay here when we are both retired!
Please do something to stop this cancer from spreading and spoiling the amenity and safety of our suburban streets!