FEARS for community safety have been sparked by a sharp rise in the number of used cars being sold along Prod Straight.
While local car dealers have made it clear in the past they do not approve of the streetside sales, their concerns have spread to the threat of an accident caused by people stopping alongside the vehicles to examine them.
Council, which permits the practice, is also becoming anxious about potential buyers blocking the flow of traffic along the stretch.
“You’ve only got to drive down there on a Saturday or Sunday and see the people double-parking and walking around the cars,” Griffith City Motors principal Ian Parker said.
“One day a child is going to run out to get back in the car and someone is going to hit them.
“The poor innocent person driving along the road will be seen as the worst person in the world but it’s the car sales that would have allowed it to happen.”
A community survey carried out in October last year revealed residents were happy with the location of the cars and supported the continuation of the practice.
Used cars were previously permitted to be displayed at sites on Jondaryan Avenue and Wakaden Street, but council changed the location to Prod Straight several years ago.
Councillor Doug Curran said Banna Avenue was the only spot with enough space for the influx of vehicles which had flowed in over the past 12 months.
“I think it’s a sign of the times; people are trying to squeeze as much as they can out of the sale of their car so they try to sell it privately to get extra,” Cr Curran said.
“The problem isn’t so much the cars as the people who double-park in front of them and stick out halfway onto the road.
“It is not a good thing that we are getting more and more cars there but I don’t think we will be trying to stop it.”
Cr Curran said local police were aware of the double-parking issue and had started being firm with drivers who were posing a danger to other traffic.
Some of the used vehicles had also caused disruptions to parking outside Mackay Avenue businesses.
Mr Parker said the Prod Straight setup showed disdain for the six car dealers around town, which employed about 200 people.
“I’m not saying people shouldn’t be able to sell their cars privately, I just don’t think
council should be providing a free car yard to do that,” he said.
“Perhaps the dealers should all bank up their cars along Prod Straight – I wonder how they’d feel about that.”