City Hall Parking Change Will Not Take Effect

July 19, 2015

City Hall Parking Lot BermudaPlans to make City Hall car park all-day parking effective Monday [July 20] have been averted, with the Corporation saying motorists can park there as usual, as a “solution has been agreed.”

“Changes to the way City Hall Car Park would operate, have been averted and motorists can park there as usual, paying only for the time they need, effective immediately,” the City said.

“A change was due to take effect from 8.00am tomorrow, Monday July 20th, to address the issue of most motorists parking for free, illegally.

“Based on discussions the City of Hamilton has had with the Minister of Home Affairs, Michael Fahy, and the talks he has undertaken with other Ministries on the City’s behalf, a solution has been agreed.

“City of Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling is pleased to announce that City Hall Car Park will revert to its prior manner of operations rather than be closed off to all day parking.

“The driving public is reminded that as the car park is intended for short term parking, the maximum parking duration within the car park remains at three hours. Any car not showing payment or having stayed beyond the maximum period will be ticketed by traffic wardens, effective immediately.

Mayor Gosling said; “We recognize the challenges facing the traffic wardens and scheduling for a reduced work team and we are grateful that ticketing in the city car parks will resume.

“This episode shows that neither the city nor the country can work in isolation of each other and together we can meet our challenges.”

“Motorists in need of all day parking are encouraged to use Bull’s Head Car Park for only $5.00 per day,” the City added.

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  1. Bermygirl says:

    Hopefully this will also apply to the other parking lots!

    • Skink says:

      girl all these guys gotta do is install meters coming in and leaving… you can have an option of hourly or all day

      • Hope says:

        The problem is that they WANT people to park illegally so that they can generate revenue. If no one parked illegally then no would be ticketed/clamped, and as they said this week, they are apparently losing $1.2m in revenue per year. I agree that installing these is the easiest solution, but if that happens then they will definitely put the cost of parking up for all, to re-coup their losses from ticket/clamping revenue.

        • Zevon says:

          If people would just pay for parking like they’re supposed to, things would work just fine.

    • Jack Frost says:

      I think they should do the same parking in City Hall like Bull’s Head to accommodate more people in town. Just build up.

  2. Whatever says:

    Please explain to me why city hall can’t be $5 for all day parking as well….and does this ticketing now apply to all car parks in the city?

    • C says:

      Because bulls head was built for all day parking city hall is for folks trying to shop, pay bills etc Thank you C of H for coming to your senses Glad wardens will be ticketing again

    • rich says:

      City hall is supposed to be short term parking. Cities need a healthy mix of short and long term parking to address different needs of motorists. If it became long term there would be too few spots for short term visitors to the city. P

      • frank says:

        why coh never made city hall a multi level carpark

  3. D says:

    It was a dumb idea anyway….

  4. lifetime says:

    The people have spoken!

    • Zevon says:

      Not exactly. The traffic wardens are actually going to do their jobs.

      • lifetime says:

        Yes exactly. Without people voicing their concerns and making a stink about it an emergency meeting would never have been held. That is my point. Yes the wardens should have been dealt with from the very beginning so all of this could have been avoided. Now, if you want to park there pay up! Everyone needs to be held accountable,

      • Caroline says:

        That is an unnecessary expense. You has a modern system. The authorities just need to do their jobs. Reason seems to have prevailed.

  5. Bernie Girl says:

    Unfortunately half those person won’t bother to pay the ticket without fear of a summons to court for non payment. What is understood is that many tickets written aren’t even entered as data entry clerks are in short supply. Hense having to go down and get the ticket number from prosecutions when paying at the cashiers.. I know people with stacks of unpaid parking tickets which they seem to be proud of. Subsequently becoming null and void as they have never made it into the system and have never been paid, never been to court never a fear of there vehicles not being licensed. TALK ABOUT LOST REVENUE NO THE WONDER BOB RICHARDS IS BORROWING MONEY. Bermuda is sinking faster and faster because of our lack of respect and sense of entitlement.

    • Bernie Girl says:

      Unfortunately half those person won’t bother to pay the ticket without fear of a summons to court for non payment. What is understood is that many tickets written aren’t even entered as data entry clerks are in short supply. Hense having to go down and get the ticket number from prosecutions when paying at the cashiers.. I know people with stacks of unpaid parking tickets which they seem to be proud of. Subsequently becoming null and void as they have never made it into the system and have never been paid, never been to court never a fear of there vehicles not being licensed. TALK ABOUT LOST REVENUE NO THE WONDER BOB RICHARDS IS BORROWING MONEY. Bermuda is sinking faster and faster because of our lack of respect and sense of entitlement.

    • frank says:

      what bob needs to do is make the police start paying their own health insurance

  6. about time says:

    The closer you are to the city centre, the more expensive it gets. It’s like that for street parking as well.

  7. Fed Up Bermudian says:

    Because City Hall parking is more for the merchants and businesses in the area. Bull’s Head is for business employees who want to park for the whole day. If you let people park anywhere they want for the whole day, you’ll find there’s nowhere for shoppers to park. And after all…aren’t the clientele why you have somewhere to work in the first place??

  8. Thanks to all who’d played a role in reverting the decision of charging everyone for all day parking at City Hall parking lot…Smart move.

  9. Vote for Me says:

    Once again the Bermuda public is left amazed!!

    Why did it have to come to the point of an absurd decision by the Corporation before the Minister acted within his power to consult his Ministerial colleagues to avert the impasse.

    It is also interesting to note that based on the new Municipality amendments, the Corporation could not have imposed the changes without the approval of Minister Fahy.

    • Legalgal says:

      But the City would have found a lawyer to context that, wasted millions on advices, got a decision against them, appealed. Got another decision against them. And still called it a “draw”.

      Yes, they were powerless to act either way. What concerns me most is the new mayor does not seem very commercial in representing traders who need customers.

  10. Skink says:

    Why dey install meters that give you a ticket upon entering and you pay as you leave, problem is easy to fix.

    • Skink says:

      Why dey don’t*

      • Fed Up Bermudian says:

        Because you need either automation or a manned booth, and both cost money no one has at the moment. Otherwise that would be a great idea…honor systems only work when everyone is honorable.

    • Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

      Probably because they don’t have the money for it.

    • Legalgal says:

      Unnecessary expense. We have a modern system. Barriers are expensive, require maintenance and you’ll end up with unnecessary congestion.

  11. Triangle Drifter says:

    So what is going to happen now? Are the traffic wardens going to come out of the coffee shops & do some work in the carparks? Are the people who are supposed to process these tickets going to do their jobs? Are the courts going to do their job & follow through on those who do not pay ontime? The courts sure don’t do anything about chasing down people who do not pay court ordered payments in civil court.

    As usual it comes down to people who are getting paid but are not doing their jobs.

    The COH should put the car parks into the hands of a contractor. For a percentage of the car park revenue the contractor takes care of everything.

    No need for the traffic wardens or courts. You park illegaly, you get towed, you get impounded, you pay a hefty amount to get your car out of impound to pay for the tow, storage & processing.

  12. Silence Do Good says:

    Mayor Gosling we just got rid of one circus full of clowns don’t start up the circus again with a new set of clowns. Just install the proper gates at entry and exit and move on.

  13. Legal Eagle says:

    Why not just short term coin pay parking like the one at the airport??

  14. theothersidebermuda says:

    Love the fact that the “solution” is that we are going to actually enforce the existing rules. What a novel idea…enforcing existing laws.