Double blow for Gympie drivers
GYMPIE drivers may be in for a shock if they flout parking laws within the central business district.
For several months there was no inspector enforcing local laws or fining drivers for exceeding time limits in and around Mary St, but Mayor Ron Dyne confirmed yesterday an inspector had been contracted recently to carry out the job.
It was a difficult job to fit the right person, Cr Dyne said.
He said while motorists might have enjoyed the freedom of no parking inspector, shopkeepers did not feel the same way.
Businesses that rely on high turnover are particularly affected if their parking bays remain occupied.
Before Gympie lost its parking inspector, about 15 parking tickets were issued each day.
And now the party is over - in more ways than one.
In a double whammy for misbehaving motorists, the mayor confirmed parking fines in the CBD had doubled in the review of Gympie local laws last November.
The dreaded infringement notice under the windshield wiper that once cost $20 now costs $40.
Despite this, Cr Dyne insists Gympie is still one of the cheapest places in the state to get fined.
"Under the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (which is where unpaid parking fines are sent) the minimum default payment is $40," he said.
The council had settled on $40 as the minimum parking fine for this reason.