Review of Commonsense Parking Panel
2 Aug 2012
Over the past eight months, just under a third of parking infringements reviewed by the Commonsense Parking Panel have been scrapped.
Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon said he set up the Panel to give community members a fair go if they believed they had been booked unjustly.
“This should be a strong signal to the community that this Council is not into revenue raising,” he said.
“All too often we hear about drivers being fined for parking just inches over the line or overstaying by a few minutes.
“Although our parking officers are simply doing their job, there needs to be an element of commonsense and fairness to some cases.”
Mayor McMahon said the Panel had met six times since it was set up in November 2011 to review requests.
“The Panel has reviewed 75 parking infringements and after careful deliberation has cancelled 24 of them,” he said.
Mayor McMahon said requests to have a parking fine reviewed must be made to Council in the form of a letter or email.
“Council will then contact the State Debt Recovery Office to advise of the appeal and ask for the due date of the fine to be extended until the matter is determined,” he said.
“The Panel will adjudicate all cases on their individual merit however most importantly, the best way to avoid a fine is to do the right thing and park legally and within the nominated timeframes.”
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