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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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116 Responses to
Floriade parking fines: Enough is enough
arescarti42 12:25 pm 15 Sep 15

The stupidity of some people knows no bounds.

No doubt these are the same good folks that drive over the limit past speed cameras, and are subsequently surprised and outraged when they get fined.

Nilrem 12:24 pm 15 Sep 15

golden_youth said :

plenty of options to park around the city if you’re not lazy, and if you say you aren’t lazy, why not ride or walk to floriade like 100’s of other people and avoid the risk altogether.

if you park illegally you deserve a ticket.

And don’t get started on nature strip parking. Half of Canberra is a compacted dirt dustbowl because people won’t park legally and safely on the street.

Ghettosmurf87 12:20 pm 15 Sep 15

Rollersk8r said :

I don’t understand why you don’t understand?

Firstly – they just extended pay parking into the night and on the weekend in Civic – brilliantly timed to coincide with Floriade.

What has the extension of pay parking in the city have to do with it? Has the requirement to pay for parking somehow reduced the number of parks available? Or is it that people refuse to factor in the cost of parking and attempt to avoid paying by parking illegally?

The two people fined clearly thought that getting a prime spot which they didn’t have to pay for was more important than parking legally. It is not hard to park in the city, pay $10 or so and walk across to Floriade. Not wanting to walk is a pathetic excuse considering it is an outdoor flower festival which already requires walking to appreciate anyway.

Lazy, poorly planned and cheap people who choose to park illegally at these events deserve their fines and are lucky they are not more.

Nilrem 12:11 pm 15 Sep 15

golden_youth said :

plenty of options to park around the city if you’re not lazy, and if you say you aren’t lazy, why not ride or walk to floriade like 100’s of other people and avoid the risk altogether.

if you park illegally you deserve a ticket.

+1. Most of the illegal parking is a symptom of laziness, and selfishness.

golden_youth 11:32 am 15 Sep 15

plenty of options to park around the city if you’re not lazy, and if you say you aren’t lazy, why not ride or walk to floriade like 100’s of other people and avoid the risk altogether.

if you park illegally you deserve a ticket.

Maya123 11:13 am 15 Sep 15

Walk, cycle, bus. There’s an idea!

rubaiyat 10:29 am 15 Sep 15

Must drive, must drive, must drive…

Must park, must park, must park…

rubaiyat 10:27 am 15 Sep 15

Rollersk8r said :

Dame Canberra said :

I don’t understand the fuss. Park illegally, get a fine.

It’s a massive public event right next to the CBD that’s held once a year – people shouldn’t be surprised that parking is difficult!

I don’t understand why you don’t understand?

Firstly – they just extended pay parking into the night and on the weekend in Civic – brilliantly timed to coincide with Floriade.

Secondly – the prime parking area for Floraide (Constitution Avenue) area is a mess. Can’t blame interstate visitors for wanting to park somewhere remotely near the event.

Thirdly – they are inconsistent with issuing fines. Thousands of cars were parked on Parkes Way the other weekend for the fun run. Common sense seemed to prevail on that day – nobody got fined.

What gives you the right to park on the grass and plants just because you can’t be bothered getting out of your car and making your own way to the event?

Rollersk8r 10:12 am 15 Sep 15

Dame Canberra said :

I don’t understand the fuss. Park illegally, get a fine.

It’s a massive public event right next to the CBD that’s held once a year – people shouldn’t be surprised that parking is difficult!

I don’t understand why you don’t understand?

Firstly – they just extended pay parking into the night and on the weekend in Civic – brilliantly timed to coincide with Floriade.

Secondly – the prime parking area for Floraide (Constitution Avenue) area is a mess. Can’t blame interstate visitors for wanting to park somewhere remotely near the event.

Thirdly – they are inconsistent with issuing fines. Thousands of cars were parked on Parkes Way the other weekend for the fun run. Common sense seemed to prevail on that day – nobody got fined.

rubaiyat 10:08 am 15 Sep 15

“What choice do you have?”

Catch a bus.

Use those those long bits of meat hanging off ya bum.

Exercise your God given Canberra rights and park your 2 tonne gas guzzler actually on the flowerbeds!

There you are for those who only can do the first and only thing that comes to mind.

watto23 10:04 am 15 Sep 15

Seriously……. if you park illegally and get a ticket I have no sympathy. If you have to park close to the event, either go early or late when there are likely to be free parks. A major event should not make parking illegally, suddenly OK. Illegal parking can cause issues like unable to see pedestrians/children for example, its not just about the government trying to make money. While ever people have this idea that they can park illegally for a major event, the government are going to keep issuing tickets until they get the hint.

Solidarity 10:03 am 15 Sep 15

Ride a bike or something.

If you can’t afford an $88 fine, can you afford a car anyway?

No_Nose 10:02 am 15 Sep 15

“No illegally parked car was spared”

Good. Seems fair enough to me.

JC 10:02 am 15 Sep 15

The lady who said there is no where to park is full of it. There is NO shortage of parking in the city. I guess her real issue is there is no where to park with a 1 minute walk.

Oh and Steven yes they do deliberately target events because that is when people choose to park where they shouldn’t and where the illegal parking causes issues for everyone else, hence why it is restricted in the first place. Take that nice green space on Parkes way. It is an 80km/h zone so for cars to ‘park’ they need to slow down in the traffic, veer off. Then they need to walk across the road to get to Floriade or what ever. Then when they are finished need to pull out into traffic that again is going 80km/h. The ONLY even I can think of where parking capacity gets exceeded is Skyfire, but Floriade plenty of legal parking nearby.

And as for Canberra hospital, parking is patrolled by ACT Health, if you are staying in hospital and get a fine, you can just simply write in, prove you were there and all is good. Likewise if your partner, child etc are in hospital all good too. But yeah you do get the fine, inspectors afterall are not mind readers, though if you notify security they will pass your rego onto the inspectors.

Dame Canberra 9:51 am 15 Sep 15

I don’t understand the fuss. Park illegally, get a fine.

Catch a bus to Floriade, arrange to get dropped off, or park on the other side of the lake and walk over. Leave the legal parking spots for older people, people with disabilities, families with prams etc, who actually need to park close by.

It’s a massive public event right next to the CBD that’s held once a year – people shouldn’t be surprised that parking is difficult!

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