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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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Cimexus 12:40 pm 28 Dec 12

CanberraMan said :

People who park on the grass should be shot. Do we really want to live in a dusty dirty squalered city resembling a third world country, or is this the capital of one of the most prosperous nations in recent history?

While I understand this comment is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, it does raise a point.

There are quite a few properties around here (Lyneham/Turner area) where people habitually park on the nature strip. I suspect it’s mostly like the OP’s situation: share houses with far more cars than driveway space. Unsurprisingly, these nature strips are complete dust-bowls. Just hard packed dirt with not a hint of grass in sight. Awful and muddy whenever it rains too.

Anyway, in the last year or two, new bus stops have been installed adjacent to or within some of these nature strips. As part of the work, the government also re-seeded all the nearby grass. Which the residents then continued to park on top of, rapidly killing it. Within a couple of months, it’s back to plain old dirt again. Some of them also obviously drove across the new bus stop path in the process of parking, meaning it’s all cracked despite being under a year old.

It does irritate me to see my tax dollars being wasted in a futile attempt to re-grass nature strips that are being illegally parked upon. Yet I don’t think they ever get booked for it.

kakosi 12:27 pm 28 Dec 12

This is ridiculous as I’ve seen many “nature strips” converted to driveways and paved parking areas for cars. Perhaps going around Canberra taking photos of such places and sending these in with your statement might help your case? What’s right for others should apply to all.

It’s the land in front of your own house, you are expected to maintain it and keep it tidy but you aren’t allowed to use it in any way. If the car and land in question was maintained properly where is the danger? There are lots of footpaths and very large “nature strips” in Reid unlike some suburbs where “landscaping” means people have to walk on the roads much of the time. Of course the real problem could be the suburbs you live in. Neighbours can be twats.

screaming banshee 9:20 am 28 Dec 12

I’m sure you’ll find that no one here is calling for any sort of punishment for misdemeanours

DrKoresh 1:10 am 28 Dec 12

CanberraMan said :

People who park on the grass should be shot. Do we really want to live in a dusty dirty squalered city resembling a third world country, or is this the capital of one of the most prosperous nations in recent history?

You d* *head. I’m sorry, but there’s no nice way to put it. People park on greenways all the damn time, and does Canberra look like Johannesburg? No it bloody does not. People who lobby for capital punishment as the penalty for a misdemeanour should be kicked repeatedly in the face until their brain either starts working properly or stops working all together.

basketofcat 9:51 pm 27 Dec 12

carnardly said :

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberras-car-park-dilemma-20120814-245p9.html

“Mr Davidson said new developments around his neighbourhood in the north of Braddon and towards Merici College had a legacy of cars cluttering streets and nature strips.”

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberras-car-park-dilemma-20120814-245p9.html#ixzz23U0ErXGY

was looking at buying a unit interstate in a CBD with a far more advanced car reduction policy. The building was seventeen stories tall, had between three to six apartments per floor yet only had a single level, ground level carpark that contained spaces for twenty cars. those who bought off the plan were being given a three year lease in a nearby commercial carpark. after that, the owners or tenants would need to fend for themselves.

so don’t complain you’ve got it bad here in Canberra… you ain’t seen nothing yet.

poetix 4:57 pm 27 Dec 12

shirty_bear said :

Yes, squalered would be bad. Probably :-\

Windy dirty cubist squirrels…

shirty_bear 4:31 pm 27 Dec 12

Yes, squalered would be bad. Probably :-\

Deref 4:03 pm 27 Dec 12

My neighbour’s parked his truck on the nature strip for as long as I’ve lived here. It makes backing out of my driveway bloody dangerous, but AFAIK he’s never been fined.

CanberraMan 2:41 pm 27 Dec 12

People who park on the grass should be shot. Do we really want to live in a dusty dirty squalered city resembling a third world country, or is this the capital of one of the most prosperous nations in recent history?

p1 12:22 pm 21 Sep 12

Aladdin1963 said :

I have recently received a notification from the Justice and Community Safety Branch regarding the parking of vehicles on the nature strip in Ngunnawal being unsafe.

I would like to ask where does one park when the ACT planning has allowed suburbs to be built that are so densely populated and the streets so narrow? If I were to park on the street the vehicle would pose more of a danger than where I currently park.

Tis a difficult issue sometimes. Perhaps there is a member of the ACT Gov’t living near you – you could park on the street out the front of their place each day?

rhino 12:15 pm 21 Sep 12

Aladdin1963 said :

I have recently received a notification from the Justice and Community Safety Branch regarding the parking of vehicles on the nature strip in Ngunnawal being unsafe.

I would like to ask where does one park when the ACT planning has allowed suburbs to be built that are so densely populated and the streets so narrow? If I were to park on the street the vehicle would pose more of a danger than where I currently park.

When we moved in we had no kids and only one car.

Now the kids have grown and all have their own cars.

Not too many places around that can accommodate six cars.The law needs to be changed so that serial wingers have to find something else to complain about.

Yeah I think the rules are a bit rigid. It’s really a case by case basis thing. At times, being on the road causing an obstacle is unsafe but you can fit your car on the nature strip just fine and it’s better despite being less legal.

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