Come on local governments, give us a break. Ease up on the parking fees. I know it's a great revenue raiser, but don't you get enough from our rates, drive-by security fees and bin levies? It's getting ridiculous.

I know the push is on for us to stop using our cars but until the infrastructure matches the grand plan, that's not going to happen.

The train line running down the centre of the freeway, from north and south, doesn't have the parking infrastructure at many stations to support it. Try Cockburn Central, for example.

Canning Bridge? Well that seems to be a private station for the residents of the Raffles Hotel, because there's absolutely no parking anywhere nearby. You'll pay to park in the nearest car park, defeating the point of saving money on the journey into town.

The truth is, most of us want to park near our destination and that's getting harder and harder in Perth.

Five minutes here, loading zone there, taxi zone here, absolutely no standing there – give us back some bays.

I'm happy to pay (well not really happy, but accepting of the inevitable), but can I have a bay that lasts longer than 30 minutes in the CBD? The multi storeys, while convenient, are massively expensive, bar one, which is as far away from the main drag as possible.

Have I had a parking fine lately? Fortunately not, because I'm one of those who now uses the credit card in the machines (great invention), but there are plenty of people who don't have, or don't trust, the credit card and won't do that. So they rattle around for change, can't find it and end up being stung.

So here's an idea... let us pay as we leave our street parking.

Actually, it's not my idea; it works in many countries where a locking system is in place until you pay to leave. That way, you get to your appointment on time, have time to access some loose change and know exactly how long you've been there.

And what about those old meters that take just dollar coins, 20c pieces and 10c pieces, how hard would it have been when they were updating those to cater for the dollar coin a few years ago to include slots for 50c pieces and the ubiquitous 5c piece, which is all we find in our ashtrays in moments of parking crisis.

Now we hear that one suburban council has put forward a proposal to start charging a minimum fee of almost $8 a day at shopping centres, hospitals and other major business spots. Our last bastions of parking freedom.

The Melville City Council claims it's inevitable across the metropolitan area, the State Government denies that.

Let's see who's right.