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Number’s not yet up for plate recognition vehicle

FINE TIME: Michael Jackson holds up fine photograph.
FINE TIME: Michael Jackson holds up fine photograph.

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has refused to take council's controversial automatic number plate recognition vehicle off the road despite two more fines coming under review.

The vehicle has come under fire from East Ipswich resident Michael Jackson, issued with two fines totalling $164 in the latest suburban parking controversy to hit council.

Mr Jackson was bemused to find his wife punished for momentarily parking in her driveway as she went to open the garage door.

The ANPR car drove past their Grafton St home, scanning the number plate in the few minutes her car was parked over the footpath.

The image snapped by the ANPR car was attached to the fine, clearly picturing Mrs Jackson next to the four-wheel-drive.

To make matters worse, Mr Jackson was issued with a second fine for a sedan parked on Toongarra Rd in Leichhardt - a car he does not own and is not registered to him.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale vowed to review both fines but said the vehicle would remain on the road.

He said agreed with Mr Jackson's call for a commonsense approach to using the ANPR vehicle.

More care needs to be taken by council staff before tickets are sent to the would-be offenders, the mayor said.

"We are very, very happy to look at the situation and review it.," he said.

"At the end of the day technology is good for safety but we are trying to make sure there is more common sense put into it."

Cr Pisasale said the parking laws were in place to protect the safety of pedestrians.

"Footpaths are made for pedestrians and I see people blatantly parking over them," he said.

"These rules have got to be honoured. They think it's a safe way to park but we don't build a concrete footpath for people to park their cars on."

Mr Jackson said he initially thought the fine, issued on April 1, was a prank.

But when he realised it was legitimate he said he almost had a heart attack.

"Anyone with an ounce of common sense would say there is a woman there and there are any number of scenarios that

could be taking place," he said.

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