Parking signs with a raft of conditions notoriously confound puzzled motorists across Australia.
Yet one seemingly simple set of roadside instructions in suburban Melbourne has triggered confusion among scores of residents.
Taking to a Facebook page dedicated to motorist's parking gripes in the Victorian capital, one person asked for an explanation for a sign spotted on Hall Road in Carrum Downs near the Mornington Peninsula.
The sign indicates two hours of parking is allowed between the hours of 8am and 9am on Monday through to Thursday.
The post generated hundreds of comments from people debating what the sign actually allowed.
Many said the sign's two restrictions ruled each other out, meaning drivers would be allowed to park in the spaces for an unlimited period.
"This sign basically means you can park anytime," one person said.
Others said the sign meant the two-hour limit was enforced for a 73-hour period between 8am Monday and 9am Thursday.
"Two hours parking from 8am Monday to 9am Thursday. It’s clear," one user wrote.
Some users were completely baffled by the sign, unclear on what it meant.
"I'd get so confused that I'd drive away," one comment read.
"It makes no sense," another added.
Several argued the reason for such confusion was down to the sign simply including a mistake, with the 9am meant to be a 9pm.
And despite the confusion, a minority seemed unfazed by the sign, suggesting if a driver arrives within the one hour timeframe, their stay can only last a maximum of two hours.
Google Maps imagery indicates the sign has been in place since at least March 2020.
Council to change sign
In a brief statement to Yahoo News Australia the council indicated there was an error on the sign. Frankston City Council CEO Phil Cantillon said the sign would be changed with council officers looking into the matter.
“Council officers are investigating and will take the appropriate action to rectify the signage," he said.
Mr Cantillon did not clarify what the sign should say.
Last year another Melbourne motorist took to Reddit to seek help over a puzzling parking sign with a handful of different rules.
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