Drivers in one city get slapped with $ 83,000 in parking fines in one day after sanctions resume – so were there fines in your suburb?
- Brisbane City Council handed out $ 83,000 in parking fines per day at the end of May
- This increased from $ 70,000 a day before the coronavirus pandemic
- Drivers faced the most penalties in Brisbane’s CBD and surrounding suburbs
- The city of Sydney imposed $ 14 million in parking fines in the past fiscal year
- Drivers were fined $ 24,239 per day in parking fines in May and June
Drivers got $ 83,000 in parking tickets in just one day, when the fines resumed after COVID-19 was locked out.
Brisbane City Council imposed $ 22.3 million in parking fines in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, despite the disruption of paid parking during the height of the pandemic.
The sanctions resumed on May 18 and over $ 3.5 million in fines were issued in the ensuing six weeks, which equates to $ 82,914 per day or $ 3,455 per hour.
Brisbane City Council fined drivers around Brisbane’s CBD (Fortitude Valley parking sign shown) $ 83,000 per day after recovering parking tickets since coronavirus blockade
Parking fines issued by the City of Sydney Council totaled more than $ 14 million in the past fiscal year and $ 24,239 per day in May and June (photo parking attendant on Pitt St in Sydney)
Brisbane City Council collected an average of $ 70,000 in daily parking fines prior to the outage, and motorists were fined a total of 182,350.
Drivers in Brisbane’s CBD and nearby South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill and Newstead were most penalized.
A council spokesman said the increased rates did not reflect a change, showing the “ natural ebb and flow in annual parking enforcement. ”
No attempt has been made to recover any revenue after COVID’s eased enforcement period.
“Dividing a value of fines by time periods does not accurately reflect the day-to-day management of illegal and dangerous parking by the Council.”
“If you compare May 18, 2020 with June 30, 2020 with the same period in 2019, there were 179 fewer infringements notifications,” she explains.
Stopping in a no-stop zone was the most common parking error, and saw 18,152 drivers penalized.
Brisbane City Council has issued 9,845 fines for dangerous parking on a yellow line and 9,479 fines for parking in a taxi zone.
Drivers in Brisbane’s CBD and nearby South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill and Newstead received the most parking tickets (parking meters shown in Brisbane)
At least 12,103 drivers also did not pay for parking after leaving their car in a parking lot.
Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner said ‘selfish parkers’ were damaging local businesses and those who followed the rules.
“Our businesses need customer sales to thrive, and it is more important than ever to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic and restore that customers come and go with their local businesses easily.”
“This kind of behavior is not fair to all people who are doing the right thing,” he said.
City of Sydney Council parking fines totaled more than $ 14 million in the past fiscal year.
Fines have fallen dramatically during the coronavirus lockdown period, with 1,835 fines imposed in April, compared to 8,895 in May.
Drivers in Sydney received an average of $ 24,239 per day in parking tickets in May and June.
All the income the city gets from parking fines becomes part of the general income, which is invested in infrastructure that benefits everyone,
“Improving roads, building parks, maintaining our buildings, caring for the vulnerable and supporting the cultural life of the city,” said a spokesman for the council.
The city of Adelaide also issued 7,203 parking fines in June, compared to 414 in April.
Brisbane City Council imposed a total of 182,350 fines in the past financial year