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Floriade parking fines: Enough is enough

By Steven Bailey 15 September 2015 116

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What Canberra family outing would be complete without a parking ticket?

Over the weekend, hundreds of parking fines were issued to families attending Floriade. No illegally-parked car was spared.

The green strips adjacent to the wonderful spring event were littered and lined with those ominous yellow envelopes.

It is clear to Canberrans that the issuing of parking fines in the ACT is no longer an unpleasant yet reasonable measure in the interests of orderly parking but a punitive policy to punish drivers. There are not enough car parks in Canberra, and it seems that the authorities deliberately target events and places where it is impossible to park.

In the past year, 5600 parking infringements have been issued to people staying at Canberra Hospital. But what choice does the public have?

Whether it’s a sporting event, an end of year school formal, a coffee in Braddon or shopping in Civic, Canberrans are fed up with parking inspectors running around and dishing out parking fines with gay abandon.

Earlier this year, the ACT government made the argument on local radio station 2CC that the increase in parking inspectors was due to the fact that residents were complaining that people were parking in front of residential dwellings.

The ACT Government effectively argued that the fanatical passion it has with issuing parking fines was due to popular demand. What an insult.

Parking inspectors are not targeting residential areas; they are targeting areas where the public is forced to park due to a lack of designated parking spaces.

Priscilla Shannon (pictured above) says she travelled for two-and-a-half hours to Floriade and will not be attending again.

“What was really annoying is that there was just nowhere to park, and the attendants were completely unhelpful. I don’t think I’ll come to Floriade again,” she said.

Ahmad Kishani is a Canberran who brought his young family to Floriade.

“Where else can I park”, he asked. I’ve brought my family here, and I can’t afford this fine. I’m never coming to Floriade again.”

Luckily for Ahmad, there was a mistake printed on his infringement notice which will hopefully render the ticket void.

What a shame that the cultural integrity of Canberra is being threatened by a scabby and punitive obsession of the ACT authorities.

What’s the problem with parking on the greenstrip at a cultural event? Really?

Parking hikes are damaging businesses in Civic, and people who choose to leave their cars in Civic after a night on the booze are being stung with fines in the morning. If that’s not an incentive for a young person to drive under the influence I don’t know what is.

The ACT authorities need to realise that not everyone can ride a bike, afford inordinate parking fees or catch taxis everywhere. Parking fines in Canberra are out of touch, unfair, and unnecessary.

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WiP 7:18 pm 22 Sep 15

Masquara said :

Hardly fair that people at the Tent Embassy park with impunity, while these visitors get slammed.

Can someone please define for me what Racism REALLY is?

madelini 5:16 pm 22 Sep 15

Pragmatix said :

Parking tickets annoy people. The ACT is turning into a police state when it comes to parking and the only people who would be defending this revenue raising harassment of the public would be weirdo Labor/Green staffers and looney elitists.

I don’t think this is an ACT-specific problem. At least we don’t have tow trucks taking peoples’ cars like in the US.

madelini 4:58 pm 22 Sep 15

The issue isn’t the tickets, but that more car parks should exist to cater for large events.

That said, I’d love to know the stats of people who parked illegally to avoid the new paid parking measures in the City and then got smacked with a fine. If you park illegally – and you always know when you are – that is the risk you run.

TuggLife 10:23 am 22 Sep 15

ADELAIDEVISITOR said :

Just to clarify a point to a lot of self righteous comments i have read.. i was not parked on nature strips or parklands or parked on a road with travelling traffic, more so being a dedicated parking bay area signposted as “Floriade Parking”…As a tourist to your town i am not familiar with transport systems you have as i was unable to find your light rail or train stops and because i dont have a bicycle with me in my car…furthermore some suggested i walk the half hour . i would if i could carrying a serious ankle injury prevents me … most modern cities provide a substantial parking facility and give amnesty to parking during a event that is to promote tourist dollar and encourage further visitors,,, this hasnt happened … The traffic / security people Outside the event directing traffic from SMP ??were clueless advising me where i could park , given i had just driven from ADELAIDE ,first time visitor .. these people obviously lacked training in customer service and had zip knowlege of the event with one security guard not even knowing that the Event i was standing outside was called Floriade ……

I went to Floriade, too, on the same day. I would normally get the bus, since it drops you right out the front, but I’m fairly pregnant, and had to take the pram for the toddler, so driving it was. I arrived early because, like most major events, I knew it would be easier to get a park if I arrived at the start. When I left the event and returned to my car, it was difficult to get out of the park because there was a row of cars parked along the kerb behind where I had parked. You’re very lucky that all you got was a $120 fine, rather than having to repair more expensive damage from someone accidentally hitting your car after not being left space to reverse out of their park.

If there was genuinely space for more cars to park in that car park, don’t you think they’d put spaces in, and collect the parking fees for them? That would make them money over the entire year rather than fining people for one month of the year.

rubaiyat 10:13 am 22 Sep 15

switch said :

MERC600 said :

There are few noticeable trolls on riot act for 8 hours a day trawling. Try to ignore them.’
Your spot on there Gaz

Are they really bored? Don’t have a real life? Do they have family? Pets? A job? Showers? I know how long it takes me to compose a single witty reply. Some people must be typing replies all day long! They have what we used to call postarrhea back in the days of net news.

Some are not as slow as others, know how to use technology and have multiple large monitors with stuff in the background while they work. Called multi-tasking. Its a new world out there.

switch 10:00 am 22 Sep 15

MERC600 said :

There are few noticeable trolls on riot act for 8 hours a day trawling. Try to ignore them.’
Your spot on there Gaz

Are they really bored? Don’t have a real life? Do they have family? Pets? A job? Showers? I know how long it takes me to compose a single witty reply. Some people must be typing replies all day long! They have what we used to call postarrhea back in the days of net news.

MERC600 9:51 am 22 Sep 15

HenryBaits said :

Welcome to Canberra… where it is impossible to get a park and Canberrans (or the weirdo minority or Canberrans on this blog) actually bother to argue for parking fines. Well done.

Yes Henry. Until this thing started I thought most people weren’t all that keen on parking inspectors. How wrong I was. I leave the posty a bottle of booze at Xmas, apparently most Rioters leave a bottle for their local parking inspector.

MERC600 9:42 am 22 Sep 15

gazket said :

ADELAIDEVISITOR said :

The traffic / security people Outside the event directing traffic from SMP ??were clueless advising me where i could park , given i had just driven from ADELAIDE ,first time visitor .. these people obviously lacked training in customer service and had zip knowlege ……

There are extra signs out this week advising of parking areas. I mentioned there wasn’t much signage out last week and got flamed by the resident trolls here on riot act.

There are few noticeable trolls on riot act for 8 hours a day trawling. Try to ignore them.

I seen a few parking officials/attendants sitting on upturned buckets chatting. I was there a short while and parked on the grass near the new shipping container building. The parking attendants looked but no one said a thing.

So it’s obvious that the parking attendants are not doing their job properly.

‘There are few noticeable trolls on riot act for 8 hours a day trawling. Try to ignore them.’
Your spot on there Gaz

rubaiyat 10:55 pm 21 Sep 15

JesterNoir said :

There’s even free buses so we don’t have to deal with the indignity of parking illegally. Horrendous!

There’s the quandry;

The indignity of parking illegally?

or

The indignity of catching a bus?

Obviously the posters with the parking fines, faced with the impossibility of the second, took the only choice available to them.

dukethunder 8:20 pm 21 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Interesting that over 60% of RiotACT readers believe that the law does not apply to you if you have a car and urgently need to plant it on any green open space you fancy.

I hope that is not a true cross section of Canberrans, but sadly suspect that it is.

Classic rubaiyat!

Maya123 8:18 pm 21 Sep 15

ADELAIDEVISITOR said :

Just to clarify a point to a lot of self righteous comments i have read.. i was not parked on nature strips or parklands or parked on a road with travelling traffic, more so being a dedicated parking bay area signposted as “Floriade Parking”…As a tourist to your town i am not familiar with transport systems you have as i was unable to find your light rail or train stops and because i dont have a bicycle with me in my car…furthermore some suggested i walk the half hour . i would if i could carrying a serious ankle injury prevents me … most modern cities provide a substantial parking facility and give amnesty to parking during a event that is to promote tourist dollar and encourage further visitors,,, this hasnt happened … The traffic / security people Outside the event directing traffic from SMP ??were clueless advising me where i could park , given i had just driven from ADELAIDE ,first time visitor .. these people obviously lacked training in customer service and had zip knowlege of the event with one security guard not even knowing that the Event i was standing outside was called Floriade ……

Um, I went to Adelaide, parked my car at the motel and didn’t drive it at all in Adelaide. I caught the bus. I had never used the Adelaide transport system before, but it was easy to ask about the bus and use it. I am wondering if you use the bus in Adelaide, because buses appear to confuse you. I am also wondering with a “serious ankle injury” how you managed to drive.

gazket 7:46 pm 21 Sep 15

ADELAIDEVISITOR said :

The traffic / security people Outside the event directing traffic from SMP ??were clueless advising me where i could park , given i had just driven from ADELAIDE ,first time visitor .. these people obviously lacked training in customer service and had zip knowlege ……

There are extra signs out this week advising of parking areas. I mentioned there wasn’t much signage out last week and got flamed by the resident trolls here on riot act.

There are few noticeable trolls on riot act for 8 hours a day trawling. Try to ignore them.

I seen a few parking officials/attendants sitting on upturned buckets chatting. I was there a short while and parked on the grass near the new shipping container building. The parking attendants looked but no one said a thing.

So it’s obvious that the parking attendants are not doing their job properly.

HenryBaits 6:33 pm 21 Sep 15

Welcome to Canberra… where it is impossible to get a park and Canberrans (or the weirdo minority or Canberrans on this blog) actually bother to argue for parking fines. Well done.

Pragmatix 6:25 pm 21 Sep 15

Parking tickets annoy people. The ACT is turning into a police state when it comes to parking and the only people who would be defending this revenue raising harassment of the public would be weirdo Labor/Green staffers and looney elitists.

No_Nose 5:21 pm 21 Sep 15

Mysteryman said :

Good to see that having no idea about someone didn’t stop you from judging them or their circumstances. The lefty is indeed strong within you.

I’m a little confused with your thinking.

Using traditional definitions, surely “The Left” would be accepting of and supportive of unrestricted parking and relaxation of the draconian facist parking regime and “The Right” would be demanding paramilitary style enforcement with the offenders rounded up and shipped off-shore, coupled with with razor wire perimeter built around all non-authorised parking areas including 24hr surveillance with armed drone capability to stop the unwashed rabble parking their hippy love vans willy-nilly.

You seem to think the opposite?

JesterNoir 5:20 pm 21 Sep 15

There’s even free buses so we don’t have to deal with the indignity of parking illegally. Horrendous!

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