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City Parking Becomes Mission Impossible

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Since the roll out of City Hall’s controversial parking changes in Brisbane last January, City Hall has pocketed an extra $40K in as little as seven weeks.

Last January marked an end to free parking and saw an extension of parking meters covering 1255 parking bays in the CBD, Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane, a higher pricing structure, limited parking times and new fees. The scheme was meant to encourage turn over across Brisbane’s central entertainment and retail precincts and prevent people from using a car park all night long . However fresh reports have seen more people frustrated with the new parking structure with many citing that city parking is now “Mission Impossible” and all it has done is given City Hall the grand opportunity to fine those unfortunate enough to have parked longer than their paid meter.

City Restaurants struggle with new parking changes.

Even city restaurateurs are facing the heat as less people are choosing to dine out, discouraged by the soaring parking fees, parking time restrictions and the strenuous difficulty of a finding a parking spot. Unbeknownst to weary eyed drivers are the changes in parking zones with many drivers being fined for parking in a loading zone when 10 minutes ago it was a parking zone. The reality is that restricted parking times has forced many diners to relinquish on street parking to expensive city car parks, catch taxis or cabs more regularly or pushed diners out to suburban restaurants. The Myer Centre is $50 per day, $65 a day at Queens Plaza and $70 for Eagle Street Pier. Would you pay it?

The reality is that CBD parking can be a real nightmare for anyone wanting to have a night out in town.

On top of costly parking and parking restrictions, other issues include not being able to drink, feeling too tired to drive and the worst is finding out someone has reversed into your parked car. It’s a quick way to turn a fantastic evening with friends or your partner into a terrible evening peppered with a million problems. Then after all that, does anyone really want to stand on the side street in the middle of winter for 10 minutes trying to hail a cab or taxi and then find that out that cab smells and also 5 minutes into the fare the driver has taken you the opposite way you wanted to go?

Parking in Brisbane, is it worth it? Probably not, but at least ozEcab is an excellent alternative to end your evening on a high note without the expensive price tag. ozEcab (the taxi alternative) guarantees to provide immaculately clean cars and with its own advanced satellite and GPS tracking system, the drivers will always assure your safety and comfort till you have reached your destination. Feel like ranting your own experiences, talk to us on Facebook or tweet us @Ozecab_limo your own parking nightmare.

Lisa (Marketing Manager)



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