DRIVERS LEFT WITHOUT (AGAIN)
THE battle for driver resources, such as toilets and a place to rest their head, has taken an aggressive turn towards revenue raising.
Gold Coast truck drivers have been fined hundreds of dollars for parking and unhooking their trailers in the same area they’ve been using for decades.
Driver Trent O’Neill is one of the operators who received more than six separate parking fines in the mail over a two-month period.
The area in dispute is a patch of land on the western side of the M1 near Yatala frequented by commercial vehicles.
For a long time the transport industry has used this area without issue from the council. A truck can even be seen parked at the Cuthbert Dr area on Google Images.
The space is bordered by a series of wooden bollards erected by the council on the northern end of the area.
There is no signage and the area is not surrounded by housing, nor does it impede or otherwise impact on the flow of traffic or public safety.
“I received my first fines in August, copped three in one day for my trailers,” Trent said.
“Later I received a letter hitting me for three more in September.”
Trent, like many other drivers, has been using the area for more than 14 years without concern, so was surprised when the letter arrived.
“The infringement says the heavy vehicle was left on Cuthbert Rd,” he said.
“I’m just at a loss. They have this infrastructure in place, they don’t need to spend any money but now they don’t think we should use it.
“This is a valuable piece of land ... being restricted by a narrow-minded council.”
After approaching the council and the federal member on the matter Trent
The spot in dispute on the M1. IN DISPUTE: There was never a problem parking on this vacant land – until now.