There is a thread about it in the transport section - though you probably already have seen it. All those zero's are hard to miss.Brisvein said:Just saw a news break with Chairman Beattie saying that a new rail crossing of the river is being planned. Anyone got anymore info?
Waive 10,000 parking tickets? Mayor can do!
THERE were no meter maids on hand, but Lord Mayor Campbell Newman yesterday made himself the friend of the motorist by personally wiping out more than $600,000 in parking fines.
The gesture followed an election pledge to curb the council's parking revenue habit, which Cr Newman described as "absolutely over the top".
Instead of employing a bevy of beautiful meter maids, as the Gold Coast famously did in the swinging '60s, Cr Newman said he would give the final approval next Monday to a parking disputes commissioner.
The disputes commissioner will independently review disputed parking fines and other infringements so people are not forced into the court system to fight fines.
Street parking charges in the central business district were dropped last year from $4 to $2.20 an hour.
Cr Newman also cancelled almost 10,000 fines, wiping 5 per cent from expected future parking fine revenue in the process.
"I currently review stuff and I will let people off who have been pinged unnecessarily, (but) we do gather evidence and get statutory declarations so the people who just try it on will be disappointed," Cr Newman said.
"There are always two sides to every story and things are weighed up on their merits."
The waivers, however, have not stopped the Brisbane City Council collecting $12.7 million in revenue from fines handed out between April 1 last year and March 31 this year.
That was a slight increase on the $12 million pocketed in the previous 12 months.
Cr Newman said the city's main trouble spots were Wickham Tce, near Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba on game days, as well as inner-city parks limited to a two-hour stay.
Council figures given to The Courier-Mail showed 178,000 tickets were issued in the current financial year.
They were mainly for motorists parking in clearways, on yellow lines or overstaying the pay-display meters.
Since the mid-1960s inner-city parking spaces have fallen from 3600 spaces to fewer than 1500.
Parking revenue makes up almost 1 per cent of the total council budget receipts.
Definately. He may be a diplomat, but that dosen't change the fact that everyone much be properly screened on entry to the secure area. Imagine if he was just given the blind eye and the staff were found out and BAC was fined, there would be massive uproar and then everyone would be worried about airport security again. We'd be right back to square one.Malt said:I dont know if anyone has been reading these:
The way i see it, i agree 100% with the BAC on the matter.
It says the man could have avoided it had he planned ahead, so its his own fault.