Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Courteous Drivers Pay Price; Residents of Narrow Street Angry at Fines for Parking on Nature Strip

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Courteous Drivers Pay Price; Residents of Narrow Street Angry at Fines for Parking on Nature Strip

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Byline: Gemma Westacott Gemma.Westacott @scnews.com.au

What are the rules?

Vehicles must be parked wholly on the roadway.

Vehicles cannot be parked on the footpath/ nature strip ie you cannot park with two wheels on the nature strip.

All motorists must leave at least 3m of clear roadway beside their vehicle. This is to allow large vehicles, such as

waste collection vehicles and emergency services, to access local streets.

Failure to comply with the regulations can result in a $91 fine.

A SIMMERING dispute about the impact of parking regulations in a narrow Wurtulla street has caused Division 3 councillor Peter Cox to raise the possibility of adopting nature-strip parking in certain areas.

Under existing laws, vehicles must be parked wholly on the roadway, meaning many well-meaning drivers are breaking the law by parking with two wheels on the nature strip to keep more of the roadway clear.

That rule is something many residents of Cutter St, Wurtulla, have been surprised to learn, after returning to their vehicles to discover notices issued by Sunshine Coast Council parking wardens warning they risk a $91 fine if they continue parking on the nature strip.

Cr Cox said he had raised concerns with fellow councillors about parking on residential streets and the possibility of adopting nature-strip parking in specified areas.

"Personally, I believe there is room for certain areas to adopt a nature-strip parking scenario that would safely allow motorists to park partly on the nature strip," he said.

"It's a discussion point that's been raised with my councillor colleagues and a debate that will require some significant amount of rigour before considering any policy change."

Cutter St resident David Willersdorf questioned the common sense behind the no parking on the nature strip rule, given drivers were only trying to keep more of the street clear for the safety of residents and traffic. …

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