Free parking to end in Brisbane

RACQ has warned motorists free parking would come to an end next week after Brisbane City Council announced it would turn street meters back on across the city.

The Courier Mail reported from 7am Monday 18 May, 1000 parking meters would be operating again across Brisbane and parking rates at Council car parks would return to normal charges.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was great Council had offered financial relief to essential workers during the COVID-19 lockdown by reducing parking costs.

“Now that travel restrictions are starting to ease, the rules are changing to increase the turnover of parks,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If you will continue to park in Brisbane from Monday, it’s worth putting a reminder in your diary free parking has ended so you don’t get caught out with a fine.

“We’ve recently written to Brisbane City Council and asked that there be no increase in parking meter prices this year, to support economic recovery and any travel pattern changes required for a COVID-19 safe economy to operate.

“Public transport in Brisbane is running as normal and we would encourage commuters to use the city’s network while remaining at a safe distance from other patrons to help ease congestion.”

Ms Ritchie said Council parking officers would also be patrolling to fine motorists who had parked illegally.

“We understand Council will continue to take a sympathetic view when it comes to infringement notices, but motorists also have a responsibility to park safely and legally,” she said.

“It’s never ok to park in a bus stop, clearway zone or on a yellow line.

“It’s also important to leave loading zones free for vehicles delivering goods and emergency services.”