Hundreds of parking tickets issued in CBD
THE Gladstone Regional Council has employed its first-full time parking compliance officer, and as a result pink slips have appeared on car windscreens in the CBD.
A total of 308 motorists were fined between July and December. Not one ticket had been issued in the previous six months.
Compliance officer Jamie Sykes started work for the council in July.
Mayor Gail Sellers said local law officers had always had the power to issue parking fines, but this was the first time a full-time officer has been employed for parking.
"All parking rules are enforced but generally the Gladstone CBD is the main focus area as it has the largest number of regulated parking bays," said Cr Sellers.
The council employs eight local laws officers who are all qualified to undertake parking regulation.
Ms Sykes said she had been lenient before handing out fines.
"I usually give people about an hour leeway," she said. "If you get a ticket, you really deserve it.
"I mainly work the CBD but I am also in charge of monitoring people parking over yellow lines."
Parking fines issued:
- July: 1
- August: 63
- September: 120
- October: 48
- November: 48
- December: 28