Sunshine Coast Council’s verge parking workshop on Monday (February 12) is shaping up as an excellent opportunity to consider a wide range of issues, according to Mayor Mark Jamieson.
“At this stage we will have more than 80 people in attendance, including representatives of the region’s community organisations, business and industry associations, the development sector, the utility providers, relevant State government agencies and local media organisations,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“This wide cross-section of interested parties from across the region will have much to contribute as we sift through the many elements of verge parking and look at ideas and suggestions that council can consider further.”
The workshop will provide an opportunity to generate a comprehensive perspective on the current legislative framework for unlawful parking, its impacts and implications for a range of service and utility providers and public access and safety issues.
In preparation for the workshop, council has released some core statistics about verge parking, the complaints and infringement numbers for participants to consider on the day.
Council figures show that, contrary to public comments and speculation by others, almost half of complaints received from the public about parking related matters in the October-December quarter of 2017 related to verge parking – 283 of 572 total complaints.
However the fines issued for illegal verge parking represented only 11% of total parking fines issued.
The figures were similar for July-September 2017 when verge complaints represented 42% of total complaints to council and verge infringement notices were 12% of total fines issued.
Council also received more complaints from the community about the parking of vehicles on the road verge in October-December 2017 than in any other three month period over the past three years.
The total number of parking fines for all breaches (not just verge parking infringements) issued in the October-December 2017 quarter (7208) were the lowest since January-March 2016.
The number of verge parking fines issued (721) in October – December 2017 was also the lowest figure in almost two years.
Further data and statistics on parking management, including a comparison with other similar councils, will be presented in detail on Monday at the workshop.