Dad reveals how he was fined $319 for minute parking breach
UPDATE, 5pm: KERRI Watts, Ballina Shire Council manager of public and environmental health, has defended the council's issuing of fines for minor parking violations outside East Ballina's Southern Cross K-12.
Ms Watts said the enforcement was supported by the school and the Department of Education and had been the subject of ministerial directives in the past.
"The school zone program specifically targeting safety around schools has been going for 10 years," she said.
"From our council program we have an undertaking that no child will be injured on their way to school.
"Obviously there is revenue, but that's not the reason why we do it. Those fines wouldn't even cover the parking officer that's undertaking that work."
She said not fining parents doing the wrong thing actually penalised the parents doing the right thing.
"Unfortunately for this guy, he stopped in the wrong place."
"No stopping is no stopping, it doesn't matter if you're there for one second.
"90% of the other parents, you park a block away and unfortunately you have to walk."
UPDATE, 2.30pm: EAST Ballina dad Glen McIntyre is calling for Ballina Shire Council do something to fix the congested drop-off area outside Southern Cross K-12 school instead of issuing punitive parking fines.
Ballina Shire Council has been contacted to comment on the situation outside the school.
Mr McIntyre received a $319 parking fine while dropping off his daughter on a busy morning outside the school.
While he was idling in a no standing zone, he was there for less than a minute - and said given the congestion at the time it was unavoidable.
"I'm going to take it to court, because for $320 I want something done," Mr McIntyre said.
"If I'm (fined) I'm sure there's others... where something has to be done on the (parking) area, not so much getting someone to take photos of it (and) getting people (fined) who are trying to drop their kids at school."
"It's a painful thing people have to go through every morning, and I didn't even realise I was committing an offence until the fine rocked up."
"Something major has to be done to the intersection I'd say, because if anyone wants to come and sit here between 8.30am and 9am and watch the congestion of buses and cars trying to get into the drop off zone, you'll realise something needs to be done.
"So I challenge the council to come down and actually have a look rather than just taking photos and fining people."
ORIGINAL: A BALLINA dad is fuming after copping a $300 fine while idling for less than a minute while dropping his children off at school.
Dad Glenn McIntyre has refused to pay the fine and vowed to fight the matter in court for what he said was "money grabbing" behaviour by parking inspectors - who he claims are taking advantage of an impossible parking situation outside East Ballina's Southern Cross K-12 school.
Mr McIntyre was photographed by inspectors after turning left off Chikiba Drive, the main road which runs past the school, into the school drop off zone.
He was idling illegally for less than a minute while waiting for traffic in front of him to move on.
He blamed the "inadequate" drop-off zone outside the school for the issue.
In a letter to The Northern Star, Mr McIntyre said the drop-off area had room for just six cars "when a minimum of 100 cars each morning are trying to get their children safely to school on time".
"It's a painful experience many suffer every school day," Mr McIntyre said.
"To add insult, some money grabbing government organization... has decided to sit across from the school (illegally parked mind you) and photograph and fine people who are in line to get into this very small drop-off area.
"What was I supposed to do. Should I have stayed on Chickiba Drive, blocking that traffic, or turned into the drop-off zone which was full to wait my turn."
Outrageously, the official fine Mr McIntyre received in the mail had the time of his illegal parking listed as from 0855 to 0855 - less than a minute.
"Viewing my illegal parking photo on-line, even shows the car in front that I was waiting for to move," Mr McInyre said.
"I refuse to pay the fine and will take it to court. Not ideal but I feel so strongly about this that I will take it to the courts for a resolution.
"If anyone else has received a fine from this area and feels the injustice, please contact me through this newspaper and we fight this together."