Boxing Day 2014: Stonnington rakes in $25,950 in fines around Chadstone
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:28 pm By
A report (dated 20 Jan 2015) in the Stonnington Leader gazette has reported
of how Chadstone shoppers who parked illegally were slapped with $25,950 in fines
on 26 December 2014.
The motorists were parked illegally on the surrounding streets
of Chadstone. The most common fine was stopping in a permit zone without a valid permit,
followed by stopping in front of driveways, parking in no stopping zones, and other "related
breaches to the general road rules".
Because Chadstone Shopping Centre is located on the fringes of Stonnington, many shoppers who do not reside in the municipality were unaware of the parking restrictions in force around the Centre. Although there is prominent parking restrictions signage located throughout the streets, many shoppers were either in a rush and didn't take the time to check, or they saw others parked in permit-only zones and erroneously believed that it was OK to do the same. Some were even arrogant enough that they decided it was worth the risk of a fine than to engage in a frustrating fight for a car space within the Chadstone compound. Either way, the pre- and post-Christmas shopping rush are major earners for Stonnington, especially Boxing Day, during which Council can issue fines in the Chadstone area totalling almost 2% of their parking infringement revenue for the entire month of December.