$500 council fine shocks mum-to-be

IT’S the most expensive parking spot Kayla Hindley has ever had.

The Rockhampton 20-year-old was recently fined $500 by Rockhampton Regional Council for parking her ute on Glenmore Road with a “for sale” sign in the window.

Kayla, who is pregnant, said she parked her car in a car park for two days and didn’t realise it was illegal.

“I didn’t know it was against the law; I’m shocked,” she said.

“It wasn’t in the way of traffic and it’s registered and everything.”

Kayla said she couldn’t understand why it was such a big fine.

“Maybe $50, but $500 is really expensive, I don’t need this extra stress right now,” she said. “I could have just been parked at my friend’s house.”

Despite being initially contacted by The Morning Bulletin at 9.30am yesterday, by 5pm council officers had still not answered several questions asked of them.

A statement did say that using council roads, including footpaths, for commercial purposes without approval, including sale of a vehicle, erection of a sign, footpath dining and sale of goods, was illegal.

Queensland Transport states on its website, when selling a registered vehicle, a safety certificate must be obtained and displayed on a conspicuous part of the vehicle, or an on-the-spot fine of $500 can be given for non- compliance.

But Kayla was lucky she didn’t park on a state-controlled road.

An official statement from the Department of Transport and Main Roads states the Traffic Regulation Act specifies that parking of a vehicle or trailer on a state-controlled road reserve for the purpose of advertising or sale is an offence and can incur a fine of up to $20,000.

SELLING YOUR CAR

Be sure to have:

• A registration certificate

  • A Queensland safety certificate

or certificate of inspection.

  • These two certificates can be

obtained from the Department of

Transport and Main Roads and

must be attached to the vehicle

when offered for sale.

  • Both sections of the Transfer of

Vehicle Registration Application

form completed and signed by both

the buyer and seller.

Source: Queensland Transport



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