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SKY HIGH parking fees are hitting motorists across Melbourne's CBD, with drivers paying up to $80 a day.

21st February, 2011 - Herald Sun

But motorists can save on fees if they plan ahead.

A Public Defender survey, using data from comparison website CarParking.info, found Wilson Parking at 416 Flinders Lane was the city's most expensive for casual all-day parking. It charged $80 for any stay over five hours on weekdays.

City earlybirds fare better with a maximum charge of $20. Those seeking a shorter stay are charged up to $25 an hour.

CarParking.info co-founder Gerard McLennan said the average daily rate of parking in Melbourne's centre was increasing by $5 to $7 a year. He urged drivers to look for alternatives. Parking further away could save up to $8 on daily rates. "Everyone has had this perception that the cheapest carpark they had last time would be the cheapest again," Mr McLennan said. "But it's clearly evident that's not the case."

RACV manager roads and traffic Peter Daly said while office workers often had little choice, many shoppers were shunning the city for suburban centres where parking was free.

"They don't know where to park and they don't want to end their day having more in parking charges than they do in purchases," Mr Daly said.

Wilson Parking chief executive officer Craig Smith said property values, running costs and parking demand were considered when setting fees. "Substantial discounts on parking are there for drivers keen to save some money," Mr Smith said.

"If customers are also prepared to walk a little further to their destination or choose to visit the city outside the Monday to Friday peak periods, they will find discounted prices."

Operators also blamed the State Government's congestion levy of $880 for increasing costs. A spokeswoman for Treasurer Kim Wells did not comment specifically on the levy, but said the state's finances were being reviewed.

Early bird gets the park (and also eats lunch)
23 May, 2010 

Early bird gets the park (and also eats lunch) DEBORAH GOUGH THE AGE May 23, 2010

NICOLA Wood says she needs to park in the city, even if it means paying $63 a day for the privilege. If Wood arrives seconds late for the 'early bird' $15 rate at the Grand Hyatt - which happens about once a fortnight - she pays the top price and cuts down on other things, including lunch.


While parking can cost as little as $11 a day in the western and northern ends of the city, drivers hoping to park in the CBD can pay a high price for arriving after the morning peak. A Sunday Age survey found that drivers who arrive mid-morning pay up to $69 for a day's parking.


Every day about 150,000 people drive into the CBD to work, shop, study or dine. Parking rates vary enormously.


The survey found the highest price was at 200 Queen Street, a Wilson car park that charges $69 for six hours or more. That equates to $17,940 for weekday parking for a year (not including holidays).


The next most expensive parking rates were $66 a day at Rydges Hotel, in Exhibition Street, and $65 at Scots Church in Little Collins Street.


While some offer discounts to drivers who arrive by 10am, others such as Collins Place and Optus House don't reward early birds. The cost for a day's parking? $64.


Cheaper parking can be found in the northern end of the city, where a car space at 151 Franklin Street costs a maximum of $13 a day. A full day's parking at the RMIT car park in Victoria Street will set you back $16 - less than the hourly rate at many of the more expensive parking facilities in central Melbourne.


Wilson Parking's chief executive officer - parking, Craig Smith, said prices were based on the market rate and followed commercial building lease trends.


Wilson operates eight of the top 10 most expensive CBD parking facilities.


'The parking charges are reflective of the office market and the eastern end of Melbourne has the premium office towers and relatively higher levels of rents and car parking is pretty much in line with these,' Mr Smith said.


Melbourne's 90 city car parks mostly offer early-bird rates of between $11 and $18 a day for drivers who arrive before 9.30am or 10am.


Arriving later can mean a spiralling hourly rate of $18 for up to three hours.


When Ms Wood, a sales assistant at Bulgari jewellers, is slugged with the full price, she boycotts the offending car park for a week or two and uses another.


To offset the parking expense, she buys cheaper lunches.


'Once I have been stung, I'll often go to the other one just to make myself feel better, but the parking companies don't feel it and I eventually go back again,' she said.


Ms Woods pays for her own parking, but many city workers don't. Of the 100,000 or so workers who park in the CBD each day, three quarters have parking paid for by their employer or it is part of their salary package, according to a Monash University study.

City parking fee rise July 1, 2010

01 Jul, 2010 

City parking fee rise July 1, 2010 THE AGE 1st July 2010


MELBOURNE City Council will, from today, begin rolling out new $4 per hour parking charges, which will apply in most instances until after 7.30pm.


The time extension will net about $1.5 million extra in fees for the city council's coffers.


Also going up are the government's fine for not carrying a valid transport ticket, to $176, and for having your feet on the seats in a train, tram or bus, also to $176.


More than 12,000 people were fined in the financial year just ended for having their feet on seats on public transport, and at least 134,000 were fined for not having a valid ticket, according to the Department of Transport.


Council's night parking 'money grab'

11 May, 2010 

Council's night parking 'money grab' THE AGE - DEWI COOKE May 11, 2010


LATE-NIGHT citygoers will kiss free car parking goodbye under a proposal by the City of Melbourne to extend metered parking times until midnight.


Visitors will be asked to pay a flat rate of $4 from 7.30pm.


The council has defended the plan, saying it will help fund municipal services after dark as Melbourne continues its push towards being a '24-hour city'.


The move will also help the council recoup revenue lost after parking at Yarra Park was transferred to the Melbourne Cricket Club.


The council says the move will raise about $1.9 million in extra fees. It expects a further $1.3 million next year from parking fines, thanks to 'efficiencies' and a CPI-based rise in fines.


Lord mayor Robert Doyle said the new night parking fees would affect about 3000 on-street spaces and would be used to help pay for services. He said council data showed the city was still active well past midnight.


'These will be an extension of hours, not an increase in levies,' he said. 'We would say that now we have 750,000 people a day coming into the city and 300,000 people a night coming into the city, we need to make sure they are safe and services are provided for them.'


But Don Parsons, secretary of the Melbourne Business Council, slammed the proposal as a money grab. 'If you're coming in to watch Fame at the Regent or Sir Ian McKellen who's performing at the Comedy and you might have used street parking because there's no fee attached to it, now you're going to have to pay a fee or go into a parking station. It's a device working against the city,' he said.


Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry spokesman Chris James agreed any move that might deter visitors to the city would be a worry. 'We would be concerned about the impact that would have on city restaurants and bars and that it would be a deterrent for customers coming to the city in off-peak times, especially when public transport drops way down after 6pm,' he said.


The transfer of management of Yarra Park to the Melbourne Cricket Club resulted in a $2.1 million drop in parking revenue, the council's draft budget papers state. Overall, the council will get about $82.6 million in parking fees and fines next year.


There was good news for residents in the draft budget plan, with rates increasing by 1.9 per cent, well below the expected CPI rise of 2.5 per cent. This was despite a valuation report from January which found that houses had increased in value by an average of 8.6 per cent and apartments had increased by 10.4 per cent since 2008.


The budget allocates the first part of spending for the Swanston Street revival plan with $7.8 million to create a new 'civic space' and super stop in front of the State Library.


But elderly and disabled people could be affected by rises in fees for services, with some meals on wheels services climbing 11.8 per cent and after-hours personal care and respite fees increasing between 66 per cent and 71 per cent.