A Northern Illawarra woman has launched a campaign to have her parking fine revoked, and at the same time, she’s issuing a warning about parking regulations in Wollongong.
Former Thirroul Community Centre head Emily Messieh parked in a free two hour zone on Wollongong’s Gladstone Avenue, moved her car before the allocated time ran out then left her car in the second spot just up the road for an hour and a half while she went about her business. When she returned to the vehicle, she’d received a fine.
A call to Wollongong Council revealed you can’t park in the SAME ZONE for more than the allocated time. Moving your car up the road won’t save you.
Emily took her fight to Instagram and to Keira MP Ryan Park who has taken up her cause.
“I am refusing to pay,” she says. “It’ unjust to penalise citizens when the rules are unclear. Timed parking is one thing but when you’ve moved your car, what’s the problem?”
Emily says the fine is not in the spirit of Wollongong. “We should be able to enjoy the city we live in,” she says. “I feel this is all about raising money because nowhere on the street is this rule clearly stated. I will take this all the way to court if I have to.”
Wollongong Council Website has the following information:-
Did you know when you park in timed paid parking zones you must leave that length of road or area when the time is up?
This means if you’re on a street in a 2 hour paid parking zone, you are required to leave at the end of that 2 hour timeframe. Similarly, if you’re in a car park with 4 hours paid parking you’re obliged to leave the car park at the expiration of 4 hours. Drivers who don’t follow these rules – or pay for an extra period without moving their vehicle – can be fined under NSW legislation.
Anyone who feels they have been unfairly fined can follow this link:- https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/nswgovdirectory/state-debt-recovery
Photo:- Emily Messieh Instagram