Parking fines up 10%

PARKING fines in the CBD are set to go up a further 10%, only a little over a month since they were tripled.

Bundaberg Regional Council put the fines up from July 1, the first time in more than 30 years they had been increased.

The fine for parking longer than the permitted time went from $10 to $30.

Parking in a disabled bay with the proper permit skyrocketed from $30 to $150.

But yesterday the council was told the fines had to go up again because the State Government had increased the value of a penalty unit from $100 to $110 from August 1.

The council's parking fines needed to reflect the increase so infringement notices were for the correct amount and could be legally pursued where necessary.

Health and regulatory services spokesman Wayne

Honor said after the meeting yesterday the increase was not something the council had envisaged.

He said the State Government's plan to increase the fees and charges was something the council had been unaware of.

Cr Honor said the increase in parking fines was to raise people's awareness that parking in the CBD was something of a privilege.

"There is a very limited amount of parking available in the CBD," he said.

He said getting a quick turn over of cars in CBD parking gave everybody the opportunity to shop.

"If everybody parks over time in front of a store it means the businesses are missing out on customers," he said.

"Residents are missing out as well because they can't find a parking spot and go shopping."

Cr Honor said the higher fines and greater enforcement level made people aware they had to consider others.

He said the parking fines were now set as a proportion of the State Government's penalty unit.

That meant if the State Government increased the

value of its penalty units the fines would automatically go up.

But if the value of penalty units rose the council would consider the situation in its next budget.

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