Canberra’s biggest parking offender drives a blue Mazda3 and has racked up 103 parking fines in the past financial year – totalling a massive $15,022.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the fines were collected in Canberra’s biggest parking fine hot spot – the city – and are yet to be paid at all although Access Canberra says a payment plan is now in place.
Thankfully their number far surpasses the top number of fines to be received in the Belconnen area, with a red Peugeot 4008 receiving 23 fines totalling $3,250 in the 12 months until June 25 this year – significantly less but still enough to keep most of us awake at night. The driver of this car has paid $1,758 off their bill.
Moving over to the Woden area, the biggest serial parking ticket collector was a red Kia Proceed which received 19 tickets totalling $2,454 for parking in Garran in the year to June 25. The owner of this car has yet to pay anything but once again a parking plan is in place.
In the Tuggeranong area, the biggest parking offender amassed 18 fines totalling $2,522 in the same period for parking in Greenway. The offending car was a silver Hyundai Santa Fe and the owner has been making some headway with their payments – paying off more than half their fines to date.
Gungahlin’s biggest parking offender drove a maroon Subaru Forester and racked up 11 fines totalling $1,282 – all of which has now been paid off.
Parking fines can vary significantly, with the ACT’s most common parking fine being $114 for staying in a parking spot longer than permitted.
The most expensive parking fine is $600 for parking in an area designated for disabled parking.
In the period from July 1 last year to June 20 this year, 2,418 parking fines were issued in the ACT for this offence.
An Access Canberra spokesperson said that Canberrans who rack up unpaid fines are managed under the provisions of Road Transport legislation.
“This provides for the person’s driver licence, right to drive or vehicle registration to be suspended if infringements are not paid,” the spokesperson said.
“Motorists found by ACT Police to be driving while they are suspended can be charged and summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court.
“A person with many unpaid fines can enter into an infringement payment plan, a community works or social development plan to have their driver licence and vehicle registration suspensions lifted. The sanctions will be reapplied if they default on the payment, work or development program.”
The Access Canberra spokesperson said that if a parking offender opts for a payment plan, Access Canberra will negotiate with them how much is required to be paid fortnightly – depending on the cost of the infringements and the person’s capacity to pay.
“If the driver and car is from interstate, their right to drive in the ACT can be suspended,” the spokesperson said. “The owner of an interstate vehicle can also enter into a payment plan.”
ACT parking inspectors have issued more than 87,000 parking tickets to 20 June this financial year, with the City topping the list for infringements and the dollar amount of fines.
According to figures from Access Canberra, 24,957 notices were issued in the City, followed by 8,004 in Phillip, and 5,005 in Belconnen out of a total of 87,477 from 1 July 2017 to 20 June 2018.