Parking becomes FREE in an Australian city following a campaign to support doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus
- Melbourne will scrap parking fines while the city undergoes phase four restrictions
- Restrictions still apply to places with disabilities, loading, towing and no stopping
- It comes days after a Melbourne doctor was fined after a grueling shift
Melbourne scraps parking tickets as the city undergoes phase four coronavirus restrictions.
Melbourne City CEO Justin Hanney announced on Friday that all parking spaces in areas with green signs would be unlimited during lockdown.
The change comes just days after a doctor was fined $ 99 following a grueling Monday night shift.
However, restrictions will still apply to disabled parks, loading zones, off-limits areas and towing routes.
Melbourne will scrap all parking tickets as the city undergoes phase four coronavirus restrictions
“Parking officers are considered essential workers by state government definitions and will remain visible on our streets,” said Hanney.
They play an important role in managing public safety and road access for residents, critical workers and emergency vehicles.
“We ask everyone to be aware of the importance of vehicle sales to support people who need access to essential services and businesses.”
Dr. Katarina Arandjelovic, an anesthetic assistant in the intensive care unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital, caused outrage when she said she had been sentenced while on duty.
Dr. Katarina Arandjelovic, an anesthesia registry in the intensive care unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital, was fined $ 99 after a long night shift on Monday
After working 56 hours over four days and caring for “ some of the sickest patients in the state, ” Dr. Randjelovic ended her grueling shift at 10 p.m. on Monday for a $ 99 fine (pictured) on her windshield to find.
In a social media post, she condemned Melbourne City Council and Mayor Sally Capp for attacking key workers during the pandemic.
Her post was inundated with hundreds of responses from people offering their support.
But a friendly local man Brent Hodgson, from Hawthorn East, took his appreciation one step further by paying the fine himself.
His gesture was met with a lot of support online, with Melburnians saying he deserved a ‘top guy award’ and calling for a refund of the money.
The arbitrary act of kindness forced the council to back down by reviewing and repealing the fine, with Mr. Hodgson claiming to be in line to get his money back.
Sorry we missed the mark on this tweet, Dr. Katarina Arandjelovic. In view of your crucial role, we have withdrawn the fine. Royal Melbourne Hospital will receive additional permits for frontline workers, ‘it wrote on Twitter.
More to come.