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How to Park for Free in Perth

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by Tom (subscribe)
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Published August 17th 2012
Beat the meter with these free parking tips
With budgets tightening and prices rising the last thing anyone wants to do is pay just to park their car on an ordinary piece of land. Unfortunately with almost every inch of parking being controlled by councils or greedy companies such as Wilson, free parking is pretty hard to come by. So here's a few tips to save your hard earned cash.

Park at the train stations
This is probably the most obvious one, and by far the easiest. If you're commuting anywhere along a train line it is going to be A LOT cheaper than paying upwards of $4 an hour to park your car. Train station parking is free, there is plenty of it and in many cases it can make your trip a lot quicker as well as saving on fuel costs. Even when parking is full you can usually park around the fringes of the station no worries.
Stirling, Train, Station, Car, Park, Parking
All that free parking space! Stirling Train Station

Park just outside car park compounds
Companies such as Wilson force you to pay 24/7 no matter what your circumstances are, even if your only planning on being five minutes the minimum charge is $4! If you happen to need to park after hours you can actually park on the verge outside their compound. The verge is not owned by them, and most councils are always fine with people parking on verges after hours.
Wilson, Verge, Subiaco, Parking, Free
Don't go into the parking, the verge is free, and legal!

Empty Space
If you are parking somewhere such as Subiaco, Claremont, the City, Northbridge etc. always take note of empty blocks. They are never checked by authorities and it is 100% legal to park in many of them. No one is going to complain about someone parking on an arid piece of land!
Vacant, Block, Parking, Free, Perth
Vacant blocks make for good parking

Business car parks
On weekends and nights many business with "for ____ customers/employees only" signs are closed. Whilst in some cases it can be illegal (it's usually pretty obvious when that is the case) most business do not mind you parking in their customer parking outside of business hours.
Business, Customer, Parking, Free
Most businesses are fine with you parking outside business hours

Besides these tips, most councils are free at certain times such as first hour or after dark. So next time you head out you can reject the Wilson parking and find your own free little spot just down the road. Spend the savings congratulating yourself. Plus your friends will love you for sharing your money saving tips with them!
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Your Comment
When i infringe someone for parking on a Verge in Subiaco, or on a vacant block, your happy to stump up the Penalty?
Seriously, I would suggest you do some more research before you say its legal to park on private property/on verges/on vacant blocks.
Try it in Subiaco and see what happens
by GreyG (score: 0|4) 2264 days ago
All very well but I have seen some morons parking in disabled bays after hours in business car parks. Disabled means disabled and no placard means a fine whatever the hour. Please pass this on. If you are disabled you still need to park, even after hours! (Sarcasm)
by ozdig (score: 0|4) 2382 days ago
Technically parking restrictions apply only to the time limits posted.

Eg Disabled parking 1P 8am-6pm means just that. Outside of those hours there is no explicit restriction. I'm sure a moral obligation isn't bound by law.
by Roswe (score: 0|2) 333 days ago
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