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Cricket fans hit for six for bad parking


Fleta Page and Christopher Knaus

Howzat ... Inspectors were out in force at the cricket.

Howzat ... Inspectors were out in force at the cricket. Photo: Graham Tidy

The government gleaned more than $17,000 in parking fines from cricket fans during Wednesday's one-day international at Manuka Oval.

A team of six parking inspectors - including four deployed specifically to Manuka Oval - blitzed the area, leaving 183 infringement notices on cars parked on grassland and other non-parking areas in Kingston, Manuka, Griffith, and Barton.

Cricket fans emerged from the ground late on Wednesday night to find the notices on their windscreens, prompting many to vent their anger, criticising a lack of parking and the government's ''pure revenue raising''.

The targeting of Manuka Oval also prompted a vigorous debate on on Thursday, with many saying drivers had been warned not to illegally park and should not have been surprised they were booked. Inspectors handed out a total of $17,719 in fines. More than half that amount was from $83 fines given to 120 drivers who had stopped on verges, including footpaths and grass strips. Those who disobeyed no stopping signs felt the largest hit to their hip pocket, with 24 people each copping a $186 fine.

Infringement notices were also given to those who disobeyed parking signs, or stopped at an intersection, a loading zone, a taxi zone, a bus zone, or across a driveway.

A Justice and Community Safety Directorate spokeswoman said the parking inspector's role was to ensure ''safe and equitable parking at all times''.

''Uncontrolled traffic in suburban streets poses a significant risk to residents and pedestrians, particularly local children,'' the spokeswoman said.

''People who illegally park impede on the legitimate and lawful needs of other road users,'' she said.

The government relaxed timed parking around Manuka Oval on Wednesday, and provided free public bus services to the game.

Warnings that illegal parking would not be tolerated were also issued and the government warned that parking inspectors would be active in the area.

25 comments so far

  • Remember the concert at the AIS? Same opportunist stuff,,,, our own government ripping off the community. As I said last time in 99% of the cases the parked cars that were fined posed no danger, or impeded any traffic or pedestrians!

    It was a simple grab for revenue... Maybe they thought it was a good way to help pay for the lights?

    Date and time
    February 08, 2013, 8:46AM
    • agree 100% - what a shame!

      Asif Hameed
      Date and time
      February 08, 2013, 11:48AM
    • You break the law because you are lazy and get fined. Apparently in our culture this is being "ripped-off".....where are we headed?

      Still Awake
      Date and time
      February 08, 2013, 1:16PM
  • Why use "gleaned"? "Issued" is the correct verb as not all fines will be paid.

    I hope that this press debate will result in a better and more efficient parking plan for future matches.

    Outraged of Palmerston
    Date and time
    February 08, 2013, 8:55AM
    • Well dear boy, someone has to pay for the lights. Why does't the government charge $10 to park in these locations on match days. You could purchase a permit over the net, display it on your windscreen etc and they would probably earn more money without the ill feeling.

      Goran Payforlightsovitch
      Date and time
      February 08, 2013, 9:27AM
      • That is what they do in civilised places. When events at SCG you can park on Moore Park for $20 a day. And yes someone is paying for the lights. YOU and your taxes, parking fees, rego and those waiting hours and hours to be seen at hospital. But the good people of Canberra now have lights which will be on for about 16 Hours per year, but wait there is more, who is paying to upgrade the stadiums seating? YOU are, who will get money from increased seating.... GWS. Sorry to really ruin you day but don't forget that BARR still wants a Several Hundred MILLION dollar indoor stadium, just watch those hospital queues lengthen and free parking zones disappear, and the only light rail you will see is a picture.

        Date and time
        February 08, 2013, 9:41AM
      • Now there's some good thinking, but I doubt it will happen because they won't raise anywhere near the $17,000 they might otherwise get.

        Manuka does need more parking. Trying to find a parking spot during the week is a pain. So staging a major sporting event there is always going to resullt in parking problems.

        If someone decides to build a new parking lot, then I hope they do a better job of creating an exit than the one that goes onto Flinders Way. Tyre damage and poor visibility of on-coming traffic make it a no-go for me.

        Date and time
        February 08, 2013, 10:04AM
    • Conflict of interest over parking and fines - parking is an expected civic amenity that must be provided by the planner and team handling the administration of the city.
      For a city administration to reap a financial reward - $17 thousand plus - for their own failings - not providing enough parking - has forced law abiding members of the community to become unlawful.
      The law should state that an infringement notice must include evidence of why the behavior is dangerous - if not dangerous then no infringement will have occurred. Simple.
      City administrators clearly out of touch. What penalties do they face for failing to provide sufficient amenity - parking - for an event that they encourage the community to attend? None.

      The Hermit
      Date and time
      February 08, 2013, 9:42AM
      • We work hard to attract and support great events such as the cricket ODI to Canberra, only to have effort tarnished by whacking fines on many interstate visitors.

        ACT Government should acknowledge that the parking inspector blitz was an opportunitistic revenue raiser. I think that as act of good faith, ACT Government should waive all tickets issued on the day, at least to interstate visitors.

        Longer term how about decent parking in the Manuka precinct and some more seating at Manuka oval please?

        Date and time
        February 08, 2013, 9:56AM
        • If you dont want to get fined....then dont park illegally. A $60 parking fine is still probably cheaper than a cab ride home for most....there is no other city in the world that would think this is an issue

          Date and time
          February 08, 2013, 9:57AM

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