Media response - parking expiations

Published on 01 December 2021

Response to The Wine Coast Whippet.

  • I noticed that the latest financial statement within the CoO annual report which lists various income flows, has one large spike on page 17. Under the income, statutory charges (b) it lists largely nominal income increases from 2020 to 2021 save for Parking Fines and Expiation Fees which have risen from $98,000 to $185,000, a jump of almost 90 per cent. Please can you offer some background detail here, in particular:

RESPONSE

1. Why has there been such a huge increase in this income in 2020?

Our previous 2018-19 report reflects an annual figure of $179k. In the following financial year 2019-2020, this figure significantly reduced to $98k, as a result of enforcement reduction due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Subsequently, in 2020-21, we returned to standard operations regarding enforcement action, which has raised our annual figures for this year to $185k, aligning with our historical trends.

*PLEASE NOTE* these figures include the collective expiations issued across council's regulatory services department, so they're not restricted to parking/traffic offences (e.g. they include expiations for food businesses, plumbers, builders, and to residents under certain pieces of legislation, such as the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act).

2. How many parking fines and expiation notices were issued in both financial years?

Between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, a total of 1328 expiations were issued for parking related offences. This was reduced to 672 for the following financial year 2020-21.

3. Where the parking fines were issued (i.e. is there a hotspot, or please can you say that 40 parking fines happened in the Willunga area and 75 in Aldinga etc).

The majority of parking enforcement is conducted on a reactive basis, with rangers responding to reports of illegal parking, lodged by residents daily. Parking hotspots are then identified through trends in customer requests, identifying repeat reports of illegal parking. Rangers also proactively patrol school zones for parking violations at peak periods, which are considered “hotspots”. Between 2019 and 2020, 172 proactive school zone patrols were performed, and in 2020-2021, 174 proactive school zone patrols were performed.

4. How many parking fines employees (traffic wardens etc) does CoO currently have? Has this increased in 2020 compared to 2019?

The below figures are reflective of Ranger staffing numbers between 2019-2021

2019-2020 - eight FTE rangers / five casual ranger staff

2020-21 - 10 FTE rangers / seven casual ranger staff

The increase in FTE staff over 20-21 has been in response to an increased demand in ranger investigations, including dog attacks and barking dogs over this time, as well as increased ranger capability and presence along our foreshore. The additional casual ranger resources are to enable rangers to increase proactive work, including parking, illegal dumping and regulating compliance along the foreshore locations.

5. Please can you detail the split between expiation notices and parking fines? How much money does each aspect pull in? How many expiation notices were issued and how many parking fines were issued?

There are currently 55 offences related to parking under the Australian road rules. The expiations associated with these offence types range from $55>$405.

In 2019-2020 our most common parking violations were:

  • Stop on a path/dividing strip or nature strip- 216 expiations issued
  • Stop on a continuous yellow edge line- 206 expiations issued
  • Stop in a bus zone - 201 expiations issued
  • Contravene no parking sign – 97 expiations issued
  • Contravene no stopping sign - 78 expiations issued

In 2020-2021 our most common parking violations were:

  • Stop on a path/dividing strip or nature strip- 154 expiations issued
  • Stop on a continuous yellow edge line - 100 expiations issued
  • Stop in a bicycle lane - 62 expiations issued
  • Contravene no parking sign – 60 expiations issued
  • Contravene no stopping sign - 52 expiations issued

6. Which speed cameras pull in the most money?

7. Has there been a decision by CoO to be more vigilant in relation to speeding (expiation notices) in 2020?

8. How many new speed cameras are there in 2020 compared to 2019, and where are they situated?

These are all questions for SAPOL, as discussed. 

9. Has there been a campaign of any sport by CoO to warn drivers of increased vigilance around fines/notices in 2020?

As part of their day-to-day role, rangers proactively educate the public, regarding the need to abide by the traffic controls within the City of Onkaparinga, to mitigate any safety risks associated with illegal parking.

10. Is the revenue from fines/notices used for a specific purpose or does it go into general council funds?

Income associated with fines/notices is built into the community rangers operating budget and therefore assists with offsetting the cost of providing the service to the community.

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