QT readers say sorry ignorance is no defence
DIE-hard sporting fans who travel into Brisbane for matches on a regular basis have responded to the QT's story about Daniel Pankhurst, an Ipswich dad who received an $88 fine when he parked on Milton Rd while attending a football match at Suncorp Stadium in September.
Mr Pankhurst didn't believe he had done anything wrong, but when enquired to Brisbane City Council about the fine, he was told the street he had parked in was part of the Lang Park Traffic Area, which has a strict no-parking policy on match days.
Only residents who live in the areas with permits are excepted.
James Dearden said it was a long known fact that parking was not to be tolerated near the stadium on game days: Everyone knows you don't drive and park there. There's a big sign on Milton Rd that flashes. Being ignorant is no excuse.
Shane Adamson said this had been the rules for years: Everyone knows you can't park near Suncorp or even the Gabba on game days. Been that way for years.
Jen Harrold said public transport was the better way to enjoy sporting matches: Those tickets include free train ride. Everyone knows there's nowhere to park without fines there at the stadium. Much easier to park at your closest train station and hitch a ride.
Others were sympathetic to Mr Dearden's story, saying they had also been caught out and issued with parking fines.
Jennifer Barnes said it was unfair for visitors to expect what to do: This sucks.
They totally should have every street signed. What visitor is going to check council websites for parking zones for every city they go to.
Julie Dinh said signs should be better positioned to alert visitors: That sucks if they don't have to actually sign which streets fall into the Lang Park area.
Bev Draper said the fine was unfair: It is very unfair indeed. Always best to get the train to Suncorp.
It's morally wrong.