RACQ delivers a parking win for motorists

Drivers would soon be better warned about car parking restrictions at New Farm Park after the State’s peak motoring body lobbied council to improve signage.

RACQ urged Brisbane City Council to install additional and more prominent warning signs after a member was fined for parking her car on the grass in 2016.
Club spokesperson Renee Smith said while it was unfortunate this driver found out the hard way, RACQ’s efforts were aimed at improving compliance and saving motorists’ hip pocket.
“This particular driver was only parked slightly on the grass, and copping a $90 fine seemed pretty harsh,” Ms Smith said.
“While technically it was a minor breach, we noticed there was only one sign warning drivers which would often be obscured by other cars, and frankly that’s not enough.”
Ms Smith said RACQ raised the issue with council officers who agreed to install more signs advising motorists not to park on the kerb and grassed areas.
“Better signage should improve parking practices and reduce the number of motorists slapped with hefty fines,” she said.
Ms Smith said she hoped the improvements would make it easier for people to visit the city’s parks.
“We’d urge Queenslanders to get out and spend time in our beautiful parks, and when doing so you shouldn’t have to worry about parking fines,” she said.
“Taking extra time to check the parking areas carefully should mean you avoid an unpleasant surprise when you return to your car.”