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Parking fine madness? Think of the children!

By Meconium - 12 August 2012 72

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.

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72 Responses to
Parking fine madness? Think of the children!
Very Busy 1:02 pm 12 Aug 12

A heavy handed authoritarian approach seems to increasingly be the order of the day over the past few years. Since the parked car in question wasn’t blocking the footpath it is highly probable that there really wasn’t any harm being done. However, if it is deemed appropriate to enforce the rule in this situation then surely a discretionary warning would have the same effect as a fine. The offence here probably isn’t as blatant as illegally parking in a bus stop or overstaying a time limit.

It’s very frustrating to see this ever increasing laziness to road rule enforcement. A blind eye is turned at breaches of so many of our road rules, yet this bloke is fined for harmlessly parking ot the front of his house.

Lets see some consistency and common sense. PLEASE……..and don’t treat your constituents with contempt.

XO_VSOP 1:00 pm 12 Aug 12

Kids today…with their three cars and three girlfriends cars. You pretty much helped your friend here as he will view this thread and learn to grow up. Park legally…. it won’t be his last fine.

arescarti42 12:39 pm 12 Aug 12

Sammy said :

I would suggest that they write a letter to the address on the ticket pleading ignorance, and they’ll likely be let off the fine.

I’d suggest that as well. That said, parking on the nature strip is illegal (for some fairly compelling reasons), and if it is something you do, don’t be surprised if you get fined.

Cheap 11:39 am 12 Aug 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Take off number plates and cover rego sticker.

I’m sure that’s some kind of registration offence, you’d probably get your car towed

Martlark 11:31 am 12 Aug 12

The Govt. targets inner city areas as they know that any let up in enforcement will lead to almost every nature strip covered in commuter cars.

screaming banshee 10:52 am 12 Aug 12

“and while this site is full of threads from people who are in the wrong “

You’ve just added another one

“Think of the children”

This reads like a mum sticking up for her son, I’d suggest you let your son do things for himself, including taking responsibility for his illegal parking

cranky 10:17 am 12 Aug 12

Could be a bit discriminatory.

A foreign mission in O’Malley, fronting Yamba Drive, uses all their available nature strip to park up to about 8 vehicles during the day. I suspect a very blind eye is turned.

Sammy 10:17 am 12 Aug 12

crime of parking on his own nature strip

The fact that you’ve mentioned “nature strip” indicates that the area you describe is in fact public land. The space between the footpath and the road, or what most people describe as the “nature strip”, is actually public land. Therefore, your friend has been fined for parking on public land. I would suggest that they write a letter to the address on the ticket pleading ignorance, and they’ll likely be let off the fine.

bundah 9:40 am 12 Aug 12

Apparently the reasons why discretionary fines are issued for parking on nature strips by the parking nazis is that drivers entering or exiting a driveway cannot see approaching pedestrians, especially children and that it may damage the water and gas supply lines, storm water drainage pipes and sewerage pipes under the nature strip.If that is their justification then all hedges and anything else obstructing one’s view when reversing from a driveway should be immediately removed forthwith.As for damaging pipes well that’s a crock of sh*t especially given pipes are meant to be a minimum of 2 feet underground and the soil is already compacted.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:32 am 12 Aug 12

helium said :

“on his own nature strip”, you may have meant the governments (or peoples) nature strip.

Why did you friend move into a property knowing there was insufficient parking ? and not knowing the law ?

My only issue with this story is inconsistent enforcement, in targeting an inner city suburb, can the Gov not warn people and then enforce everywhere please.

Why? It’s a stupid law that needs to be gone.

helium 9:28 am 12 Aug 12

“on his own nature strip”, you may have meant the governments (or peoples) nature strip.

Why did you friend move into a property knowing there was insufficient parking ? and not knowing the law ?

My only issue with this story is inconsistent enforcement, in targeting an inner city suburb, can the Gov not warn people and then enforce everywhere please.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:45 am 12 Aug 12

Take off number plates and cover rego sticker.

patrick_keogh 8:45 am 12 Aug 12

“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)!”

Use whatever method you like for choosing how you will vote. However parking on the nature strip has been an offence in Canberra before self government, when we had a Liberal ACT government and when we had a Labor ACT government. I think it extremely unlikely that this will change any time soon.

I personally urge your friend and any others of similar mind to keep parking on the nature strip. The public-spirited contribution of voluntary taxation is to be admired!

KB1971 8:40 am 12 Aug 12

It has always been illegal to park on a nature strip but it is such a common practice in the ACT that people usually dont get booked for it. I wonder if someone has complained or if the car was parked in a funny way that an inspector driving past didnt like it.

I was booked on Bowen Drive a couple of Skyfires ago, we wrote in & pled the case & were let off. Dont get all in theri face in the letter though as that wont help your cause.

JonahBologna 8:25 am 12 Aug 12

Your friend can dispute anything that they want.

They can also park legally.

I recommend the latter.

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