Footy parking fine hard luck
AN IPSWICH dad whose family night at the footy was ruined by the discovery of an $88 parking ticket on his windscreen is warning others to be aware of Brisbane City Council's quirky street parking laws.
Daniel Pankhurst took his young son to watch the Broncos defeat the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL semi-final at Lang Park on September 12, having earlier parked the car on Lucy St, Milton.
Having checked the signage, Mr Pankhurst said he had no reason to believe he'd parked illegally - until he returned to the car after the game and found a ticket for $88.
Annoyed, the young dad wrote to Brisbane City Council, only to be told that the street he'd parked in was part of the Lang Park Traffic Area.
While accepting the fine, Mr Parkhurst said the street he parked in did not have any signage advising of the Lang Park restrictions at the time.
"I've spoke to residents in the area and even some of them are copping fines," he said.
In their response to Mr Pankhurst's letter, Brisbane City Council said it was not required to place signage on each individual street included in the restricted parking area.
"Legislation under the Transport Act 1995 gives the local authorities the right to define a Parking Control area by placing official traffic signs at the appropriate boundaries. This legislation has enabled the disignated Parking Control area to be defined without the need for every individual street in the area to carry a sign."
While it's a painful lesson for Mr Pankhurst, it should serve as a cautionary one for any other Ipswich motorist thinking of heading to Lang Park next year.
Further information about the Lang Park Traffic Area is available on the council's website.