Tourist warns residents to clearly display permits after parking sting
A HOLIDAYMAKER warns others to make sure their disability parking permit is clearly displayed on the correct side of their vehicle, after she was stung with two fines in two weeks.
Susan Waters was visiting Caloundra from the ACT when she was fined twice for parking in a designated park on a main street, clearly displaying her disability parking permit on the dashboard of the driver’s side.
“Over a period of two weeks I have been fined for parking in a designated parking area of the main street of Caloundra,” she said.
“I have displayed my Australian Government approved disability parking permit which allows me to park legally in these parking locations.
“Apparently the Sunshine Coast Council does not follow Commonwealth legislation regarding these parking permits.”
Ms Waters said she approached two Sunshine Coast Council parking inspectors after the first instance, and said they told her it was fine to park there as long as she displayed her disability parking permit.
She came back one hour later and found another parking infringement taped to her windshield.
“The first time I thought they must have made a mistake, but this time I was very upset,” Ms Waters said.
She said she received a note from the council saying she was issued the infringement notice as the permit was displayed on the incorrect side of her car.
But she claimed the law “just says it must be clearly displayed, and it was”.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said Ms Waters infringement notice was immediately withdrawn and an apology was issued, as soon as she informed them that she was a permit holder.
But the council wants to remind permit holders to place their disability parking permits on the left passenger side of their vehicle to avoid any infringement notices being issued.
“The Australian Disability Parking Permit must be clearly displayed on the vehicle so that the permit number and expiry date are visible from the kerbside of the vehicle,” the spokesperson said.
“The parking officer did not see the permit, which had been placed on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
“We encourage motorists to display their permits on the passenger side.
“This enables the officers to read the permit from the footpath instead of from the road, to ensure their safety.”