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.