161 parking fines to be refunded
PEOPLE fined by an Ipswich City Council parking inspector who used Safe City to spot them will have their fines refunded.
Mayor Paul Pisasale, who uncovered the misuse of the security cameras, said 161 people were fined in the 16 days the inspector used them.
The inspector used Safe City's cameras to take pictures of parked cars, noted their registration numbers and sent fines by mail.
"Each of those 161 people will have those fines waived and refunded where they have already paid," the Mayor said.
"They don't have to contact the council; we made the mistake, we're fixing it. The whole philosophy of Safe City cameras will never be compromised."
Use of the camera was revealed after the QT took up the case of triple heart bypass patient Dave Nicholson who got two $50 fines for parking in what he thought was a disabled space in Bell St.
After the council looked further into matter, the mayor realised the parking inspector had used the Safe City footage improperly.
People commented on the QT web site that people should have to pay the fine because they broke the law, but the mayor said the issue was how they were detected.
"I'd never do that because it jeopardises what we stand for," he said.
"But I don't want people to think this gives them the green light to park wherever they like."