Parking fines misery for unsuspecting motorists25 June, 2012
Councillor Helen Abrahams is angry to learn that Brisbane City Council is aiming to make $26 million revenue next financial year from parking fines while making no changes to The Gabba Traffic Area that catches people unaware of the parking restrictions very time a game is held at The Gabba Cricket grounds.
“The Gabba Traffic Area extends from Kangaroo Point to Dutton Park and East Brisbane. The overhead signs do exist but they just are not seen by the majority of residents entering the traffic area’ said Cr Abrahams.
As a result, people are fined for parking for longer than 15 minutes on a game day.
“In most instances, the driver has checked and double checked for signs in the street and then proceed to park only to return to find a parking fine on the front window. The signage is just not good enough’ said Cr Abrahams
“The Gabba Traffic Area has been in place for more than 15 years but it is not working” said Helen Abrahams
“However, the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is using this situation to deliberately and aggressively get a large revenue from parking fines.” said Helen Abrahams
“I would not support any driver who knowing is breaking the law, but the majority of the fines in The Gabba Traffic Area are issued to unsuspecting motorists.” said Helen Abrahams
“The Lord Mayor as a matter of urgency should install a new system that tells motorist in each street that parking is unlawful more than 2 hours” said Helen Abrahams.
“A blue kerb line might be a possibility”
The predicted revenue from parking is $26 million from parking fines and $18.4 million from on street parking meters.
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