Car park occupancy and COVID-19 advocacy

By Stuart Norman, CEO, Parking Australia

While the media has reported an uplift in traffic on the roads, in most of our capital cities it seems that this has not translated into pre COVID-19 car park occupancy levels. Just before the start of the second wave the Victorian Government reported that traffic levels were only 17% below normal levels, but these figures did not correlate with parking occupancy.

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Appeal for suspension of state parking levies

By Stuart Norman, CEO, Parking Australia

Parking Australia is seeking to have meetings with the NSW Government on their parking levy, with the view to assisting operators at this time, when they have been significantly affected. The NSW Treasurer previously announced a deferral of the levy until September, meaning operators will still be required to pay the levy on last year’s occupancy levels, at a time when usage has significantly dropped.

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Parking Australia Calls for Suspension of FBT on Car Parking

By Stuart Norman, Parking Australia CEO

Parking Australia wrote to the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in mid-April, proposing the Federal Government suspend Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on car parking. Since then, Parking Australia have met with the Treasurer’s office to discuss our proposal.

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Advocacy during the COVID-19 crisis

By Stuart Norman, Parking Australia CEO

Parking Australia has been extremely active in advocating for the industry during this national crisis. This has included engagement with the Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit, the NSW, WA and Victorian Governments on Congestion / Parking Space Levies, other key industry bodies and of course, many members from a range of segments in the parking industry.

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Alliance for Parking Standards and Park’nPay App

By Stuart Norman, CEO Parking Australia

The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) will release the finalised Version 2.0 of the global parking standard later this month, following a public review of the draft standard in the second half of 2019. This ground-breaking initiative will establish a common language for data elements and definitions in the parking, transportation, and mobility sectors – streamlining innovation, progress and technology in our industry – and beyond.

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