26 June 2018

Canberra's parking fine hot spots revealed

| Ian Bushnell
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The City has topped the list infringements and the dollar amount of fines. Photo: File

The City has topped the list infringements and the dollar amount of fines.

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.

The top 10 locations totalled $7,738,045.97 in fines, with the City providing $3,283,636, although this does not mean all of it has been collected.

Phillip also was second for the dollar amount of fines at $1,034,908, while Garran ($623,259.98) and Bruce ($625,524), with its hospital precincts, leapfrogged Belconnen ($595,637) despite fewer fines imposed.

The 2018 Budget papers estimate revenue of $12 million for 2017-18, which is below the 2017 estimate of more than $16 million. The 2018-19 estimate is about $15 million.

There will be the annual 6 per cent rise in penalty amounts but the Government will also deploy two more Licence Plate Recognition cameras, which is faster and more efficient than inspectors on foot.

The number of infringement notices issued via LPR technology totalled 10,729, although the LPR vans only began operating on 4 December 2017. Foot patrol parking inspectors accounted for 76,535 notices.

The number of infringement notices issued for parking in a disabled spot was 2,418 – 2,380 (personal) and 38 (LPR), with stopping on a path/strip in a built-up area accounting for 4,987 notices (3,065 and 1,922 LPR).

There are 23,994 disabled parking permits currently issued and valid as at 20 June 2018.

The top 10 places/suburbs for parking infringements and the amount of fines imposed are:

  • City – 24, 957, $3,283,636
  • Phillip – 8,004, $1,034,908
  • Belconnen – 5,005, $595,637
  • Garran – 4,206, $623,259.98
  • Bruce – 4,132, $625,524
  • Braddon – 3,810, $492,140
  • Greenway – 3,237, $386,310.99
  • Kingston – 1,888, $247,802
  • Turner – 1,832, $212,344
  • Griffith – 1,791, $236,484

The new LPR system allows parking officers to capture and record images of parked vehicles to determine if they have overstayed the maximum time limit, parked unlawfully, or are dangerously parked.

LPR cameras can inspect 30 kilometres of roadside parking per hour compared to 1-2 kilometres per hour by parking inspectors on foot.

Drivers identified as parking illegally through LPR are posted an infringement notice, while those detected by inspectors on foot receive the traditional infringement notice in an envelope on the windscreen.

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The phenomenal growth in the city needs to be offset by more driver-friendly parking. I heard a horror story last week from a friend who said he drove around three multi-level carparks in Civic before finding a car space. What can be done to alleviate this parking problem?

Robert Issell5:31 pm 28 Jun 18

This city is becoming so unfriendly with the cost of parking and the insufficient planning for the parking demand that is why the fines are so high. People are obviously struggling with this issue so lets just fine them and collect more revenue for the planning mistakes of Government. Don’t place all the fault on the offenders – what about the planners who fail to accommodate our growing population. Canberra has such a big footprint and for many the only mode of transport that works efficiently for them is motor vehicle then adequate parking should be provided in planning. But the fact is it is not and has not. It is a challenge for so many in every suburb in Canberra especially when visiting any Commercial Hub, University or Hospital across the City. 2 Hours free parking when you visit Woden Plaza is a great idea and it makes visiting there so much more economical.

Ditto Tuggeranong, but that’s only because Westfield and whoever owns the Hyperdome (or whatever it’s called now) own the parking lots where it applies.

Queanbeyanite7:24 pm 28 Jun 18

How is Rattenbury going to pay off his $6 billion dollar tram? He’s not, you and your kids are. If your grandchildren are smart they’ll move interstate.

Ghettosmurf8712:31 pm 29 Jun 18

Lets be honest, there is usually plenty of parking, especially in the city. What most people actually want is free parking, because they’re self-entitled, and they would rather park illegally and cry over the fine when they get it, then fork out a whopping $5 or $6 for the time they would be parked over lunch/dinner etc.

People seem to have this expectation that there should be completely free, door front parking for them wherever they go. Suck it up, get on your feet, pay a couple of bucks (lord knows you’re probably spending far more at the restaurant/outlet store) and leave the limited close parking to those with a real need i.e. the disabled and elderly

If they really wanted revenue they could start adapting the technology to detect offences the police have no interest in pursuing such as mobile phone offences, tailgating and those infernal foglights.

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