Parking fine 'under' blunder
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council bumped up parking fines, but didn't tell motorists.
Fines rose from $30 to $40 from January 1.
To make the fine mess even messier, parking inspectors have been wrongly writing $30 tickets and issuing them after the increase came into effect.
Councillor Tony Williams, who is chairman of council's health and regulatory services committee, confirmed yesterday there had been no public notification.
The situation came to light after a Bully staffer was issued with a $30 infringement on January 4 for parking too long in Quay St and then a $40 ticket for parking in the same area on Wednesday.
"I understand I've done the wrong thing, but it's a bit harsh not being told about the change," he said yesterday.
Numerous other Bully staffers issued with tickets since January 1 have been wrongly slugged $30 - when they should have been fined $40.
Cr Williams said the increase came in response to a long campaign by CBD businesses to stop offenders taking away their parking and consequently their trade.
"It's good that we've listened to them," he said.
"They wanted the fine to go substantially higher but we kept it at a reasonable rate," Cr Williams said.
The committee chairman said that the council had "slipped up" on notifying the public of the change but attributed it to the busy Christmas period.
"The change was probably over Christmas, which is a very busy time," Cr Williams said.
"Still, we should have been out there notifying residents because, although it's only $10, it adds up," he said.
Cr Williams urged any residents who wished to contest a parking fine to apply for a review of their infringement via the instructions on the notice.
The number of parking tickets issued by council in recent times includes:
- 2414 tickets from June to December 2011
- 3211 tickets from June to December 2010
- 5027 in total for the2010/11 financial year