Shire backs down on parking fines

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FINES issued to five motorists in Booker Avenue, Mornington, last week have been withdrawn by Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Motorist David Tucker and other staff from the nearby Peninsula Grange retirement village, presumed they had parked legally before work on Tuesday 8 May. But, when they came out at lunchtime, No Stopping signs had been installed and local laws officers – unaware that the signs had only just gone up – had booked them. (“Shire turns deaf ear on fines” The News 15/5/18).

The unhappy motorists were advised they would have to appeal to the council if they wanted leniency as this was the “official and only process to have an infringement withdrawn immediately”.

Mr Tucker, who had slammed the parking infringements as “totally unreasonable”, said he received a letter after the article appeared to say the council had “reviewed the circumstances [and that] the infringement notice has been withdrawn”.

The shire’s environment protection manager John Rankine said the new No Stopping zone in Booker Avenue “came about as a result of complaints from the community regarding traffic congestion”.

First published in the Mornington News – 22 May 2018

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