Brisbane City Council puts a hold on parking fines

RACQ has welcomed Brisbane City Council’s decision to show leniency and stop issuing parking fines to motorists during the coronavirus crisis.

Brisbane City Council announced all parking meters would be switched-off from Friday, making more than 8,000 spaces free of charge and fines would now only be issued if a vehicle was dangerously parked.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said despite the changes, motorists still needed do the right thing and follow the rules.

“It’s important motorists don’t take advantage of the changes and continue to park safely,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Parking legally is important to ensure traffic can flow smoothly and safely, as well as allow emergency and other critical services to pull over when they need to.

“If you have had a fine recently, you can appeal through council to challenge the ticket.”

Ms Ritchie also welcomed Brisbane City Council’s move to automate 560 pedestrian crossing buttons at traffic lights across the CBD, Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane so people would not have to touch the buttons.

“This is a great move that will allow pedestrians to cross the road safely and without delays, as there is no need to press the button to get a green walk signal.”