Find out about your available options relating to parking infringements.

Overview

Whether you drive a car, truck or motorbike as your preferred means of transport, we can appreciate it may be challenging as a driver to navigate a range of varying restrictions for stopping and parking within our City’s boundary however it is the responsibility of all drivers to be aware of and adhere to these restrictions. Restrictions are necessary to provide safe, efficient and equitable access for all drivers and to keep our traffic flowing in accordance with the City of Armadale Parking and Parking Facilities Local Law.

 
Whilst the majority of our drivers do the right thing, occasionally some are found to be in breach of the Parking and Parking Facilities Local Law which can result in an infringement being issued by our Rangers.

If you have received a parking infringement, one of the following options must be undertaken by you before the due date on the infringement;

  • Do nothing
  • Pay the infringement
  • Nominate another driver
  • Appeal the infringement
  • Take the matter to court

What happens if I do nothing?

Whilst we don’t recommend this action, it is available to you.  If you take no further action costs will be incurred and your infringement may be registered with Fines Enforcement Registry after which your:

  • Driver’s license may be suspended
  • Vehicle license may be suspended or cancelled
  • Details may be published on the Fines Enforcement Registry website
  • Vehicle may be immobilized or have its number plates removed
  • Property may be seized and sold

How do I pay the infringement?

There are a range of convenient options to choose from to pay your infringement:

Credit card: Make an online credit card payment using your infringement notice number via our online payments and renewals portal with a Visa or Mastercard.
In person:    Pay in person at the Administration Centre located at 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale between 8:15am and 4:45pm Monday to Friday.

How can I nominate another driver?

In the event that you were not the driver of the vehicle which incurred and infringement but are the registered owner, or, if the vehicle is registered in a company name, are an authorised representative of that company you can choose to nominate another driver by completing an application to nominate other driver.

This application can be submitted to Ranger Services via:

How can I appeal an infringement?

If you receive and infringement that you believe is incorrect or unjust, you can appeal the fine using the Application to appeal an infringement form below. 

The following details must be included with your appeal:

  • Infringement Number
  • Date and Location of the infringement
  • Residential address and contact details
  • Detailed reasons why you believe an appeal should be granted
  • Copies of all relevant supporting evidence for your appeal

All appeals are to be lodged in writing* to Ranger Services via: 

  • Email: info@armadale.wa.gov.au
  • Post: City of Armadale, Locked Bag 2, Armadale, WA, 6992
  • In Person: Administration Centre located at 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale between 8:15am and 4:45pm Monday to Friday.

*Verbal appeals over the phone or face to face will not be accepted.

To assist in your preparation for lodging an appeal, we recommend that you refer to the section below "What are my grounds for appeal?"

What are my grounds for appeal?

Circumstances where an infringement will not be withdrawn are where the driver:

  • Did not realise the time, or lost track of the time.
  • Appointment, meeting, interview or meal ran over time.
  • Thought the sign was confusing or did not understand the sign.
  • Was not familiar with the area or parking requirements.
  • Did not know that parking restrictions applied.
  • Was only there for a few minutes or only left the vehicle for a short time.
  • Had to go and get fuel because their car had run out.
  • Saw other vehicles parked there and thought it would be okay.
  • Was unable to find a parking bay.

An infringement may be considered for withdrawel in the following circumstances, however where applicable, supporting documentation must be provided by the appellant:

  • The vehicle had been stolen or was being unlawfully used at the time of the offence.
  • Life threatening or serious medical emergency or medical treatment/procedure which was extended by a medical practitioner, thereby causing an unavoidable delay.
  • Vehicle breakdown or vehicle accident.
  • Signage was missing (where it was previously installed), obscured, or inadequate (As deemed by Authorised City Officers).
  • Compliance with a lawful instruction from a Police Officer, Ranger or other City Authorised Officer.
  • Administrative Error.
  • Special and/or Extenuating Circumstances.

What happens once I lodge my appeal?

The following steps are a guide to the formal internal review process undertaken by Ranger and Emergency Services:

  1. Lodgment of appeal
    1. Appellant provides the City with their application to appeal and supporting evidence
    2. Infringement is placed on hold so that no additional costs may be incurred during the appeal process.
    3. Appellant is sent a formal acknowledgment of their application and provided with an appeal reference number
  2. Investigation of appeal
    1. Authorised officers undertake an independent review of the appeal with consideration given to the appeal reason, infringement and supporting evidence provided (City and Appellant)
    2. Formal recommendation to refuse appeal or withdraw infringement is referred to the Manager Ranger and Emergency Services.
    3. Manager Ranger and Emergency Services determines a formal decision
  3. Issuing of decision
    1. Formal letter of response is provided to the appellant advising that the appeal was refused* or the infringement was withdrawn.

*In the event your appeal was refused you will be provided with an additional 14 days to pay the infringement. If payment is not made by the nominated due date, additional costs may be incurred and the matter registered with the Fines Enforcement Registry.

How can I take the matter to court?

Alternatively you can elect to have the matter heard and determined in the Magistrate’s Court by providing a written request to the Chief Executive Officer via: 

Page Last Reviewed 1 September 2020