Infringement notices taken to court

COUNCIL is reminding residents and visitors to consider the impact to local businesses before they ignore parking restrictions.

After exhausting all other avenues, Council recently took nine unpaid infringement notices to court, more than 12 months after they were issued.

The majority were settled out of court, with the individuals required to pay the original fine, the cost of the reminder letter and legal fees.

Director Sustainable Development Heather Green said legal action was the last resort after recipients of infringement notices ignored the original notice and reminders.

“Council has an obligation to business owners to promote a turnover of customers, or their bottom line suffers,” she said.

“The economy of the Alpine Shire relies heavily on tourism - we need to ensure people abide by the rules to make it as easy as possible for visitors to access our towns and for locals to shop without struggling to find a parking spot.

“People have plenty of opportunity to pay in time, but we can’t simply let them ignore the notice and not be required to pay.”

Mrs Green said a $50 parking fine ended up costing around $180 if legal action was taken.

“Six unpaid Traffic/Parking fines, two unpaid Drinking in Public fines issued by police under Council’s Local Law and one unpaid Dog Wandering at Large fine were recently subject to legal action,” she said.

“All were given the mandatory time to pay, reminder letters sent and added costs incurred.

“Among one of the unpaid Traffic/Parking offenders was a local business owner, who incurred 10 parking fines in total, nine of which were paid before legal action was taken and one which was finally settled out of court.

“Business owners need to set a good example to everyone else by parking legally.”

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