Plan to kill off frustrating parking fines could win election
BUDERIM MP Steve Dickson has teamed with his Sunshine Coast councillor son Christian Dickson to launch a policy winner that may just help him do the impossible and hold on to his seat at the next state election.
The One Nation leader's verge parking policy would bring an end to residents being fined $94 for parking their cars on the verge outside their homes and for overhanging onto the verge while parked in their driveways.
Councillor Christian Dickson said verge parking was a big issue for residents in the Buderim electorate.
"I receive daily complaints from residents who have been fined $94 for parking on the verge outside their properties, or for parking in their driveways with their vehicles overhanging the verge," he said.
"For some families, there is no alternative."
The policy has been lifted from legislation already in force in Western Australia.
Mr Dickson said One Nation would seek to add to the current Queensland legislation subject to the current rules, an additional subclause exempted those occupying the property.
It would read "A person must not stop or park a vehicle so that any portion of it is on the verge unless the driver is the owner or occupier of the premises adjacent to that verge or is a person authorised by the occupier of those premises. With the provision that drivers will not under any circumstances park over or within one metre of any inspection plate or pit of any utility i.e. energy, water, telecommunications, or water hydrant likely to be accessed by fire or other emergency services personnel".
The clause would apply to mopeds, class RE and or C; Learner approved motorcycle, class RE; Motorcycle, class R and cars not more than 4.5 tonne in weight and built to carry no more than 12 people including the driver.
Mr Dickson said the advent of smaller housing blocks and narrower streets often left little or no on-street parking.
"In Queensland the law does not allow for drivers to park on the verge (footpath, dividing strip or nature strip) adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless a parking control sign applies," he said.
"The state government currently allows councils to install 'P on Verge' signs to allow parking on nature strips. However, this would require a large amount of signage in the region at great expense and would be considered unsightly."
He said families with multiple vehicles living on narrow streets were copping fines when they had no parking alternative.
The policy would be implemented if a One Nation state government was elected or if the party held the balance of power after the next state election.
Mr Dickson said Western Australia was at present the only state in Australia that allowed nature strip parking in State and Local Government legislation.