Council cracks down on CBD parking overstays

PARKING time limits in the Gladstone CBD are set to be enforced after the appointment of a dedicated parking officer.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said residents would notice an improvement in the availability of parking in the CBD.

The officer was appointed after increased requests from business operators and residents to monitor overstays in CBD car parks.

"Our regulated car parking in the CBD is designed to encourage as many people as possible into the area," Cr Sellers said.

"It's also designed to improve traffic flow by reducing the number of people driving around looking for available car parks, and ensuring the fair use of roads within the city for the benefit of everyone.

"Stepping up our monitoring of the CBD should help change driver behaviour and reduce the number of people overstaying the time limit restrictions."

The parking officer has the jurisdiction to issue on-the-spot fines to people doing the wrong thing, including overstays and illegal parking in designated loading, bus and taxi zones, and disabled car parks in the CBD, the city and wider region.

"The last thing council wants to do is fine people, but we need to make sure that people are doing the right thing to ensure safety and fairness to all," Cr Sellers said.

Residents can find out more about the council's policies and how to pay for infringement notices on the council's website or by phoning  4970 0700. 

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