Parking across Brisbane will be free in all council-allocated street spaces and reduced to a maximum of $5 at King George Square and Wickham Terrace car parks effective Friday says the Brisbane City Council.
Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the measure was being put in place to help essential workers continue their jobs in the city without having to pay for parking.
“Those who are at work are really important to keep our city and our economy and our health system going,” he said.
More than 1000 parking meters citywide will be switched off from Friday morning and parking fines only issued for dangerous parking, such as in clearways, parking on a yellow line or blocking visibility.
Cr Schrinner said many private companies were telling employees not to take public transport, increasing the cost to those employees for parking.
Parking at the two main car parks in King George Square and Wickham Terrace has a maximum of $35, which will now be reduced to a maximum of $5 a day.
Council has previously announced a range of measures to address public transport concerns citywide including requiring bus passengers to board and disembark from the rear doors, only accepting Go Cards, and increasing sanitisation measures on public transport.
Council typically collects about $30 million in parking revenue each financial year, potentially digging a hole into the council’s budget for the next financial year.
Labor’s lord mayoral candidate Pat Condren has announced pledges that he would make public transport free for jobseekers citywide and free cross-river ferries as well.
Cr Schrinner said he encouraged anyone who has received a parking fine in the past few weeks to appeal it.
He said each year about 10,000 fines are waived through the council’s appeals system. – Article By Brisbane Times
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