'Lap' rule is a fine trap
GYMPIE drivers look out.
If you thought rolling your car forward one or two parking spaces entitled you to another two hours in a two-hour parking zone, you thought wrong.
It's a mistake that could cost you a fine.
Under Queensland Traffic Operations regulations, a motorist whose time is up in a parking bay must do a "lap of the block" before they park again in that immediate area.
Moving your car to a neighbouring space without doing that lap will incur a fine for exceeding the time limit.
Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday that under section 205 of the Traffic Operations (Road Use Management) regulations, a person must "move the vehicle off the length of road or out of the area" if they are moving their car.
"So obviously, moving the car one car space would not meet this requirement," he said.
The parking inspector can apparently gauge how far the car has been moved by the state of the chalk mark on its tyre.
Inner-city workers Tina Tillinger and Michelle Agnew were recently caught out by this little known rule and want to make sure the general public knows about it.
Both were having their hair done in a Mary St salon - at different times and on different days - when it happened to them.
Ms Tillinger parked in a two-hour limit space at 9.35am two days ago, and at 11.25am left the salon mid-treatment to move her car.
"I went out and, to my fortune and surprise, the car in front of me had moved," she said.
"I thought 'how lucky', so I simply moved forward to the new park.
"After noon I went to my vehicle to leave and I had a parking ticket. After going to the council to query it, I was informed that you can't do this, according to local law.
"I would have chosen another park but how was I to know?"