Parking penalty needs review

November 07, 2017

City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Dinny Adem has supported lowering the fee for some parking fines.

City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Dinny Adem agrees fines of almost $80 for some parking infringements is excessive and supported it being reduced.

Cr Adem said the penalty could be up for discussion as part of talks about changes to parking cost structures in central business district as a means to improving foot traffic and business performance.

It could also be addressed separately, he said.

But the mayor said he was only one vote on council and any changes to the penalty would require majority support from councillors.

Cr Adem said council was making efforts to promote central business district shopping and boost foot traffic, and suggested parking fines could be at odds with these goals.

‘‘It does seem excessive ... people do make errors.’’

‘‘To get a $79 (parking) fine ... I would suggest that person would be less than excited to return to Shepparton,’’ he said.

He said about $80 was within the parking penalty framework for the council’s category and not an uncommon amount to be charged by similar-sized councils.

But he said the council had recourse to reduce the penalty value.

‘‘It’s something that needs to be discussed ... and voted on by council,’’ he said.

He has raised the issue on a number of occasions.

A decision on options to integrate free parking was to be put to last month’s council meeting but was delayed after councillors decided they needed more information.

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