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Commuters win - railway car parks for their use only

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October 13, 2014

Commuters win – railway car parks for their use only

   ·   New regulations to stop non-commuters using railway station car parks
   ·   Trial at Box Hill, Burwood, Camberwell, Heidelberg, Highett and
   ·   Victorian Coalition Government providing better public transport

The Victorian Coalition Government has gazetted new regulations effective
from 1 January 2015 to crack down on non-commuters using railway station
car parks, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.

The regulations will be initially trialled at Box Hill, Burwood,
Camberwell, Heidelberg, Highett and Murrumbeena stations, all locations
where commuters have had to endure non-commuters taking precious free
commuter car parking spaces.

“Car parks are there for public transport users who directly contribute to
the cost of running, maintaining and upgrading Melbourne’s trains, trams
and buses by paying a fare,” Mr Mulder said.

“These free commuter car park spaces should not be used by retailers, local
employees, tradies or shoppers who are not catching public transport.

“While the Victorian Coalition Government has introduced more than 10,000
extra weekly train, tram or bus trips across Victoria, with buses and trams
providing an alternative to driving to stations, we still need to ensure
that free commuter car parking spaces are being used by rail commuters and
not others.”

From 1 January 2015, the use of these station car parks on weekdays between
6am and 7pm will be limited to drivers or passengers of motor vehicles who
use public transport while the vehicle is parked.

A person may, however, park in a station car park for up to one hour
provided he or she remains in the station car park area.  This will enable
a person to park in a station car park to drop off or collect a passenger.

“Local MPs have received complaints that those car parks are being used by
non-public transport users.  We’ve listened to the community and we will
trial this solution,” Mr Mulder said.

Member for Burwood Graham Watt joined Mr Mulder today at Burwood train
station and welcomed the announcement.

“The Napthine Government is listening to the community and trialling a
solution,” Mr Watt said.

Across Metro's rail network, the Coalition Government is working to provide
a range of options for travelling to stations, by introducing more secure
Parkiteer bicycle cages and improving connecting tram and bus routes.

The new regulations will be enforced by Authorised Officers conducting
random checks at car park exits.

If drivers or passengers in the vehicle do not have a valid ticket that
shows public transport was used while the vehicle was parked, they risk an
$89 fine.

If successful, the trial will be extended to other free commuter car parks
in 2015.