More than 100 Aussie drivers will have to find another way to get to work after an apparent mistake by a group of tradies left a building parking lot out of order for an indefinite amount of time.
Over 120 motorists in Melbourne have been told they can't access their vehicles, parked in a residential St Kilda garage, in the city's southeast, for an unspecified amount of time. The infuriating situation occurred after contractors conducting routine maintenance cut through the concrete on the carpark ramp, rendering it unsuitable to drive on.
The damage will take weeks to repair, with car owners given no clear indication over when they can expect to access their vehicle again. So far, nobody can get their cars in or out.
Drivers frustrated as cars trapped in garage for indefinite amount of time
The building body corporate told some locked out residents they can contact council to get a temporary street parking permit, but when they made contact they were told they’re ineligible.
One frustrated resident said she has no idea how long it's going to take to resolve the situation.
"We really don't know how long it's going to take to fix this," Driver Steph Young told 3AW. "There's been no communication from body corporate, we got a blanket email to say parking permits are available, but when we went to the council this morning, permits weren't available.
"They haven't given us a time frame for how long it'll take to fix this."
Car owners unable to get vehicles in or out
A number of people who have resorted to street parking have reportedly already received tickets.
Port Phillip councillor Marcus Pearl said officials were looking into the matter, though failed to provide answers to those left in the lurch.
"I feel very much for these residents," he said. "The council wasn't aware of this until we were contacted this morning, so our mayor and CEO are looking into the issue as we speak.
"We're always happy to work with residents when there's a time of difficulty."
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