My friend received a parking infringement notice the other day, and while this site is full of threads from people who are in the wrong and are looking for a way to weasel out of the fine, I think my friend’s in a legitimate position to dispute it because it’s unfair.
He lives in a share house in Reid with three housemates and three cars (as well as regular visits from girlfriends etc). His fine was $80 and was to reprimand him for the crime of parking on his own nature strip. The driveway isn’t big enough to accommodate three cars, so parking the cars on the nature strip is the only option (because the street in front of the house is a no parking at any time zone).
He called the parking fine office, and they explained that it was a litigation matter – if someone were to injure themselves due to his car being there, the territory would be at fault. I should emphasise that the car wasn’t blocking the footpath, it was just sitting on the only available space to park a car on his block.
Can any Rioters experienced in these matters offer any advice? Is my friend in any position to dispute the fine?
With the election looming, these infringements on our personal liberties will cause me to carefully consider who I will be voting for on the day (especially if the issue of plastic bags also comes up)!
Thanks in advance for any comments, informative, judgemental, sarcastic or otherwise.