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Council won’t back down after residents fined for parking in nature strips – in their own street

Council refuses to back down after ranger fines dozens of drivers in a narrow street for using the nature strip to park their cars away from traffic

  • Numerous residents in Sunshine West fined by rangers in their own street
  • Council hit back, pointing to incident where path of an ambulance was blocked
  • Residents will continue to be fined if they park on nature strips in their street

Frustrated residents in a Melbourne suburb are furious at their local council after they were stung with a plethora of fines – for parking in their own street.

Sunshine West pensioner Helena Guselev previously parked her vehicle in the same spot for over a decade – but woke up one recent Sunday morning to discover a ticket on her car.

A number of her neighbours have also been slugged by local rangers, with the combined amount totaling hundreds of dollars.    

Four neighbours in Sunshine North (pictured) show their respective fines after they were slugged for parking on nature strips in their residential street by local rangers in Melbourne

Four neighbours in Sunshine North (pictured) show their respective fines after they were slugged for parking on nature strips in their residential street by local rangers in Melbourne

The vehicle owner of the second car (pictured) was fined by a local ranger from Brimbank Council in Melbourne for not parking on the concrete

The vehicle owner of the second car (pictured) was fined by a local ranger from Brimbank Council in Melbourne for not parking on the concrete

‘My fine was because my husband was a bit over the white concrete,’ an irate Mrs Guselev told A Current Affair. 

‘I think it’s ridiculous and I could say a lot of words besides ridiculous but I can’t say it on camera.’ 

The locals argued their case with council and numerous rangers, stating they are choosing to park on nature strips to allow other vehicles to get through the narrow street comfortably.

Council hit back, pointing to a recent incident where an ambulance was unable to urgently attend to a patient as cars were parked on both sides of the street.   

In a statement, Brimbank Council confirmed it had ‘received complaints from residents about illegally parked cars damaging nature strips and restricting pedestrian access – particularly on one side of the road where there is no footpath.

‘The Victorian Road Safety Rules 2017 prohibit cars from parking on nature strips. 

‘Council is obliged to enforce these rules across Brimbank, including in Parry Drive, Sunshine West.’

The $97 penalty notice numerous residents in Sunshine North are being hit with for parking on nature strips in their own street

The $97 penalty notice numerous residents in Sunshine North are being hit with for parking on nature strips in their own street

 

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