Councillors Should Pay their Parking Fines.

Ralph Clarke Paying his Parking FineOn Friday the 19th September 2014 at 11.00 a.m. I will be attending the Colonel Light Building in Pirie street to pay my $46 parking fine for over staying my parking meter by 9 minutes in Flinders Street on the 29th August 2014.

Do I like paying the $46? Certainly not. Do I have a lot of excuses as to why I shouldn’t pay the fine – certainly, but at the end of the day like hundreds of parkers every week, through gritted teeth I will pay the fine because my reasons for seeking a waiver would be no different from any other person in the street. I was late because I wasn’t careful enough with my time!

If elected as an ACC Area Councillor in November this year, I will move in Council that no elected Council member be permitted to have their parking fine waived, whatever the reason. Hundreds of dollars in waived parking fines have been granted to some Councillors in the last few years. I am not saying that their waiver was improper, simply that it is not fair on other on street car parkers, who often have the same reasons for being late back to their car as Councillors.

Elected councillors have access to a free car park in front of the Town Hall, and they receive a basic $24,000 per annum allowance to help them meet the costs of performing their duties as Councillors, such as paying parking fees.

When I was on Council in 2007 – 10, I received a number of parking fines incurred whilst I was on Council business, all of which I paid personally.