Do the crime, pay the fine – that’s the word on the street (or car park).
Shoalhaven City Council voted not to reduce parking fines from $112 to $84 late last year.
The South Coast Register asked a sample of people parked in two-hour zones in the Nowra CBD what they thought, and the overwhelming response was that it was fair enough.
“I would like to have cheaper fines, but I also keep the rules,” said Michelle.
Alan Poland said he couldn’t remember his last parking fine.
“I don’t really worry, and if I get one I just pay it without mucking about,” he said.
Carla Kirsten said she was glad the council had opted not to reduce fines.
“I think it’s good they’re not doing it – I’ve never had a fine and it’s frustrating when you go to the shops and people just park there all day,” she said.
“If you don’t do the wrong thing you don’t have to worry about it.”
Although they were unfazed by the fines, Mr Poland and Ms Kirsten said they thought parking could be better distributed.
“There seems to me probably enough parking, but some of it’s in the wrong place, so you get crowded areas and areas that are easy to park,” Mr Poland said.
Ms Kirsten said a two-hour parking zone near the library was rarely used, while others were consistently full.
“It probably doesn’t need to be timed,” she said.