A parking permit scheme
Targeting councillors and residents of the Whitehorse Shire, Ms Maurus recommends the introduction of a permit system for all parked cars on neighbourhood streets. She appeals to a range of safety concerns to highlight dangerous driving conditions and uses her indignant tone to encourage councillors to take action.
Tapping into the frustrated experiences of motorists, Ms Maurus advocates a parking permit scheme as an ideal solution to the hazards associated with parked cars on suburban streets. Appealing to safety problems such as an increase in “theft and vandalism” and dangerous neighbourhood driving conditions, she hopes that common sense will prevail. At the basis of her proposal for a permit scheme is a depiction of the negative changes to landscape, which she emotively describes as a loss of “beautiful homes and gardens to multi-unit complexes”. She contrasts this sense of beauty with the constant inconvenience and frustration caused by residents who are “blocking up our streets with their parked cars”. Ms Maurus also uses her lived experience as a ratepayer, who pays “$1700/year in rates to Whitehorse”, to highlight an unjust situation whereby residents like herself are disadvantaged compared with those who have “smaller properties” with “multiple cars” and who use the road as a car park. Accordingly, she directs blame and anger towards those who pay “lower rates” and who appear to be taking advantage of free parking “on a public road” to the detriment of all ratepayers. She hopes thereby to spark the councillors into action.
Furthermore, Ms Maurus also impresses upon all motorists in the Shire that parked cars are particularly dangerous for cyclists. Using the hypothetical scenario as well as her own lived experience, this time, as a cyclist, she contends that even such minor problems as a “headrest” can increase the danger. She hopes that motorists will be more sensitive to the safety concerns of cyclists as they are often “forced” into traffic unnecessarily. This scenario challenges the preconceived (stereotypical) view (misconception) of cyclists as reckless or selfish who are “holding up cars” through no fault of their own. She thereby encourages motorists to realise that the cyclist has to give a “wide berth” because of the dangers of “dooring”, which contribute to extra dangerous road conditions and consequently the statistical increase in deaths. The final assault on motorists, that they have “little regard for our safety” foreshadows her point that “it’s a travesty” and that greater sensitivity and action are urgently required. She thereby shames those who do not implement policies that improve conditions for cyclists and motorists alike.