Hefty hike in City park­ing fines

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

Park­ing fines across the City of Rock­ing­ham will be raised from $ 65 to $ 100 after coun­cil­lors last week voted to ap­prove a new lo­cal park­ing law.

The City’s park­ing laws had not been re­viewed in 12 years, with Mayor Barry Sam­mels say­ing the changes would “bring the law up to date”.

City of­fi­cers said the cur­rent $ 65 penalty for park­ing of­fences was con­sid­ered too low to act as a de­ter­rent and was dis­pro­por­tional to the costs of col­lec­tion by the City if un­paid.

“This in­crease to $ 100 mod­i­fied penalty is in line with other lo­cal govern­ments, and it will be some time be­fore the City un­der­takes an­other re­view,” they wrote.

Cr Matthew Whit­field again put for­ward an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to alert res­i­dents of the changes and ed­u­cate them on the more “ob­scure” of­fences via the City Chron­i­cle, how­ever this was de­feated for the se­cond time in as many months.

Dur­ing de­bate, sev­eral coun­cil­lors said they be­lieved the City al­ready did a good job of alert­ing res­i­dents to the changes and would con­tinue to do so.

T he new lo­cal law will need to be gazetted in mid- Jan­uary with the City then hav­ing 14 days to en­act it.

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