Monday, 16 December 2013

$4,000 to park your car

This notice came around work on the internal email. I've blanked out the specific details, but the main detail is the $300/month (plus 10% GST). I work that out to be $3,960 per year.

Of course, this is in additional to the weekly 3-figure cost of running even the smallest car.

Meanwhile, my total travel expenses average $30 per week. These parking fees alone are more than double that. Surely there's got to be smarter ways of getting to work.

PS. A friend reminds me to take tax into account. To earn $3960 after tax, you have to earn $6000. That's a tenth of the average Australian wage. In other words, the average Australian would have to work 5 weeks each year just to pay for parking!

If someone offered me the choice of a carspace or an extra 5 weeks holiday a year, I know which one I'd choose.

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