- Friday 24 February 2012
Sunshine Coast Council yesterday endorsed the reduction to infringements for minor parking offences by at least half.
Following the adoption of Amendment Subordinate Local Law No. 1 (Parking) 2012 at council’s Ordinary Meeting, the following changes were agreed:
- Section 106 offences (ie overstaying metered parking) will be reduced from $50 to $30;
- Section 205 offences (ie overstaying regulated timed parking) will be reduced from $100 down to $50;
- All other Part 12 offences of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009 will also be reduced from $100 to $75. These offences relate to prohibited parking such as No Standing, Loading Zones, Bus Stops etc;
- Disabled offences will remain at $200.
Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said the decision was the result of community feedback relating to the penalty amount for the minor traffic offences of parking longer than the prescribed time limits.
"Council’s new suite of local laws and subordinate local laws came into effect on 1 January 2012, and has generally been well received in the community," Cr Dwyer said.
"Following implementation, there has been community feedback in relation to Schedule 4 (Infringement notice penalties amounts for certain minor traffic offences) of Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2011.
"In the new parking local law, these offences had been included in Schedule 4 of Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2011, but were incorporated with all other offences under Part 12 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009 which attract a higher penalty infringement amount.
"The intention of council's endorsement to the amendment of subordinate local law is to separate s. 205 offences from the Part 12 offence grouping and provide a lower infringement notice penalty for these offences ($50) as well as for those other offences in the group ($75).
"This will apply across the Sunshine Coast area with the exception of offences relating to metered parking areas which attract a penalty of $30."
Cr Dwyer said the decision was by no means intended to encourage residents to overstay prescribed parking time limits as these laws were in place for a reason.
"Council regulates parking across the region primarily to assist with road safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, improve parking and traffic congestion problems and provide increased parking opportunities," he said.
"We recognise however there are times when unforeseen circumstances may cause you to overstay the prescribed parking time limit and then you get slapped with a big fine when a lighter fine might be more appropriate."
Cr Dwyer said the changes would be effective when the law is advertised and would not be backdated.
"As the penalty units were lawfully endorsed and enacted by council from 1 January 2012, all infringements issued from this date are legitimate for that period," Cr Dwyer said.
"If residents however feel they should not have received a fine at all, they can appeal their individual situation and council will investigate."