Council error leads to Sydney's most confusing parking space

·News Reporter
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A photo of a parking space in Sydney’s inner west has left the internet scratching its head.

One driver took to Reddit on Monday to share the image and call for help.

“Can you park in this spot or not,” they asked a local community group.

The picture revealed a vehicle parked along Waterloo Street in Rozelle between two road signs.

The first to the left of the car read ‘4P’, indicating that motorists could park to the right of the sign between the hours of 8am and 10pm.

But it was the second sign to the right that had people confused.

Social media users branded the parking bay in Rozelle as a 'yeah nah' spot and joked that it would only be ok if you drove in forwards. Source: reddit
Social media users branded the parking bay in Rozelle as a 'yeah nah' spot and joked that it would only be ok if you drove in forwards. Source: reddit

Installed just a car’s length away from the first sign, the second sign clearly stated that there was to be no parking at all to its left.

“This is what we call a ‘yeah nah’ spot,” someone on reddit wrote.

While others said it would be ok “only if you enter it forwards.”

“Clearly no reverse parking is allowed,” they explained.

Another agreed: “Drive in yes, reverse in no.”

“In all seriousness I couldn’t take the risk,” someone else added.

Another poked fun at the poster.

“I’ve always been told there is no stupid question,” they said. “But if you think you have to ask Reddit then it’s best to just look for a different spot.”

An older image from Google Maps reveals the original signs in place stating that drivers could park within the bay between the hours of 8am and 10pm. Source: Google Maps
An older image from Google Maps reveals the original signs in place stating that drivers could park within the bay between the hours of 8am and 10pm. Source: Google Maps

A council ‘boo-boo’

While the post has since received more than 500 interactions, some users were quick to point out that it was a clear error.

“[It] looks like it’s outside a property under development,” someone wrote. “One maybe even both signs probably got knocked down and put back incorrectly.”

“Council made a boo-boo and didn’t sign this location correctly,” another guessed.

And they were right.

Inner West Council told Yahoo News Australia it "appears the sign has been moved from the approved Council location".

"Council apologies for the confusion and will correct the signage as soon as possible," a spokesperson said.

By Wednesday morning the council had confirmed that the signage had been corrected to officially state that the parking bay is a ‘4P Ticket’ zone between 8am-10pm, not a ‘no parking’ area.

The issue had been first reported by Council Parking Officers on August 3.

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