Fed up with its facility being treated as a parking depot for local trucks, a Perth truck stop has implemented a new parking system – and some say it’s turning out to be a winner.
Puma Kewdale implemented new parking limits starting September 20, with truck parking permits issued until 12 p.m. and customer parking limited to two hours.
A new sign signals the two-hour parking limit in the parking lot, stating “automatic license plate recognition in use at all times”.
One month’s notice was given in-store via posters and via staff advising customers of the changes.
The problem of local truckers using truck stops as waiting yards for their trucks and trailers, and then parking their cars there all day as they set off in their trucks, is not new – and like many highways l ‘will attest, the problem is only getting worse. .
A spokesperson for Chevron Australia Downstream, which operates the Puma gas station network, said its recent parking improvements have received positive reviews from customers, including interstate and regional truck drivers.
“The changes have been well received by customers, with a marked improvement in parking throughput,” he said.
Peter Edwards, a Melbourne-based interstate trucker, 52, works for BT Transport & Logistics in South Africa and regularly visits Puma Kewdale while shopping in Perth.
“The locals used it as their own personal deposit. Although there were signs that the vehicles would be towed, this was not really enforced. Most of the time, if you walk in during the day, you’re right because the locals weren’t parked up there. But at night it was always packed with local trucks, ”said Edwards.
“I got there late one night and had to block about a quarter of the driveway because there was nowhere to park. I knew a few guys who had to go there too for this reason.
But since the new parking system was put in place at Puma Kewdale, Edwards says it’s made a big difference.
“There is a lot more parking available – but I think it will take a while for the freeways to start coming in there again because they weren’t able to find parking in there. the past. But now they’ve brought in Wilson Parking and filed parking violation notices, ”he said.
“They have really good food there and the service is pretty good too. I was able to go three months later and they still recognize me. I find the service much better than most servos. If they provide that kind of service then I’m willing to pay a bit more as well.
“I think more servos need to start applying something like this with their parking,” he added.