Redland City has a new ally in its aim to provide safe parking across the city, with a brightly coloured Community Response and Parking Patrol Car recently taking to local streets.
Redland City Council Acting CEO Louise Rusan said the new patrol car was fitted with a dash-cam to identify illegal parking in the interests of making local streets safer for pedestrians as well as motorists.
“Redland City Council is committed to making parking safer and more equitable for everyone and one way to do that is by identifying those doing the wrong thing and encouraging them to park correctly,” she said.
“Parking regulations exist to ensure fair access for all, a smooth flow of traffic and safety – particularly at schools, but not everyone follows the rules.
“This patrol car is able to photograph illegally parked vehicles as it drives past and is focused on unsafe parking behavior, such as parking in no standing zones, double parking and parking across driveways.
“This sort of parking is not only unfair and frustrating, it is also potentially dangerous as it prevents easy access by emergency services and buses, and pressures people to take unnecessary risks like stopping in unsafe places to collect children.”
Ms Rusan said the brightness of the new patrol car would provide a visible reminder for people to park legally.
“With its bright colours this car is hard to miss, so people will certainly notice it around be reminded to park correctly,” she said.
“While nobody likes getting parking tickets, what is more frustrating is getting parked in or not being able to get where you need to go because someone is parked illegally and these initiatives are all designed to make parking safer for all.”