Ipswich mayor gives back $577,000 in parking fines
IF YOU are one of the 6000 people counting on a refund from council on your parking fine, the cheque is in the mail.
That's the word from Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, who said the cheques are now being posted out after a stringent verification process.
In February Ipswich City Council decided to waive fines issued between March 31 and September 16 of 2014 after a mistake was discovered on tickets issued.
Under the Queensland Traffic Act, council could have reissued the fines within 12 months.
However the council authorised the refund of $577,790 in parking fines paid, 6170 tickets. Ipswich City Council CEO Jim Lindsay said the refund payout would have "no impact on current and future projects or programs in the budget".
The refund is worth more than the annual cost of the city's free plant program. The city's current $373 million Budget included $1.8 million for road repairs and $1.6 million for parks management.
The refund was authorised after a complaint made to council revealed the parking tickets were unlawful because they did not contain information about the right for the recipient to lodge a statutory declaration to confirm they were not the driver of the vehicle.
About 90% of the fines had been paid by those who received them.
The rest are with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry and council has asked SPER to cease further action on those fines.
Council will refund the fines that have been paid and an explanatory letter has been sent with the refunds together with a warning on the offence.
You are eligible for a refund if:
- You received a parking fine with an infringement number commencing with a 6 from 2 May 2014 to 10 September 2014; or
- You received a parking fine with an infringement number commencing with an 8 from 31 March 2014 to 16 September 2014.
- Refunds should be delivered within the next 10 days.