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Council fines thousands of residents for blocking driveways

11 January 2018 10:23 AM
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An East Brisbane man has accused Brisbane City Council of penny-pinching after he received a $126 fine for parking across a driveway he claims was already blocked by a tree.

Aleks Mathewson returned home on Wednesday to find the fine on his car, and 24 hours later he was still fuming.

“I went through all council’s rules yesterday, if you’re deemed to be preventing access to pedestrians or traffic [you can be fined],” he said.

Where the fine was issued the curb drops to provide driveway access, but a tree is planted on the edge of the lowered part.

Mr Mathewson said the council officer had used chalk on the road to justify the ticket.

From July 1, 2016, the council has issued 5552 fines for stopping on or across a driveway, with 1933 issued from July 2017.

A council spokesman confirmed they issued a fine to Mr Mathewson’s car on Wednesday in response to a resident complaint.

“Since the beginning of the year, council has received several complaints about vehicles partially blocking this particular driveway and in turn, creating a safety hazard for the resident,” the spokesman said.

“A vehicle blocking any part of the driveway is an offence and particularly at this location, can cause a safety hazard because it can obstruct views of oncoming traffic and impact accessibility because the resident is unable to manoeuvre in and out of the property.”

When Mr Mathewson was asked if he intended on paying the fine he said “of course not”.


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