July 9 2018
So the council some time ago decided that instead of giving people parking tickets they will now give them tickets for “Inconsiderate Parking”. The later fine is $60 while a standard parking violation of less than 30 minutes is $12. The QLDC justify issuing tickets because in their opinion “someone else may want to park there, so it is inconsiderate to stay longer than the time limit”. I have that in writing from them.
By their rationale there will never again be a parking ticket issued, all tickets will be for inconsiderate parking. They seem oblivious to the fact that inconsiderate parking is intended to be for parking over a driveway, in the middle of a street or on a footpath. It was clearly not the legislators intent to enable councils to issue tickets for inconsiderate parking for every parking offence. It is simply a way for the QLDC to increase revenue.
I have no doubt at some time in the future someone will challenge the validity of this new parking enforcement idea and the QLDC will be forced to repay thousands of dollars in revenue. When I successfully argued my way out of one of these tickets, they informed me they had been issuing these tickets for over two years - that will be a lot of refunds. After initially refusing to waive the ticket they eventually agreed to waive the ticket after I said I wanted to make submissions to the court that I had been charged with the wrong offence - I should have had a parking ticket for exceeding the time limit not one for inconsiderate parking. They clearly didn’t want it going to court.
I see a regular columnist in another local paper also reports in last weeks edition he had the same ticket for parking in an empty carpark late at night. Could someone in the council explain why they continue to issue tickets that won’t stand up in a court of law and undoubtedly at some stage in the future will require full refunds for everyone who has ever had one in the past?
Response from Lee Webster, QLDC Regulatory Mananger
Thank you for your comments and for the opportunity to respond. Council has a number of different types of parking tickets (set in law) including the matters as you describe. E.g. time restricted parking, parking on footpaths and over driveways, etc along with one for inconsiderate parking.
Inconsiderate parking is when you have parked in a manner without reasonable consideration to other road users. While I accept this is subjective, Council does not use this as a catch all/revenue gathering approach. Around 50,000 parking tickets have been issued in the past year, most for parking over time. Only around 3,000 of these were issued for inconsiderate parking.
Don’t you think it’s fair to say it is inconsiderate when for example someone parks in a P15 space for an hour?
The driver has taken four times as much time allowed causing knock-on effects such as increased traffic flow due to vehicles circulating looking for parks or even parking illegally. This action does have effects on other road users and the ticket would be avoidable if everyone followed the rules and considered other drivers.
Our parking officers do a fantastic job but like the rest of us, they are human and on rare occasions they do make mistakes. However, they do not issue tickets for no reason. So if there has been an error, we are more likely to re-issue the ticket with a correction… because whether it’s inconsiderate parking or parking over time, an offence remains and the ticket should be paid.