A Queensland man is furious after he returned home to find a $94 ticket on his car – which was parked in his own driveway.
Reese Gerhard, who lives in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Birtinya, was slapped with the hefty fine on Sunday.
He was issued the ticket for ‘restricting access to the driveway,’ ABC Sunshine Coast reports.
A picture shows his car’s rear was extending slightly over the boundary of his driveway.
Mr Gerhard says he has called the Sunshine Coast Regional Council numerous times, but was told he must pay the fine or dispute it in court.
‘Our whole street got done, if you were parked on the nature strip or exceeding the mailbox, you got hit,’ he told the Sunshine Coast Daily.
‘It is just wrong. I’ve parked my car as close to my garage door as possible and it still goes past my letterbox.’
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In a statement released on Tuesday, the Sunshine Coast Council claimed there were discrepancies in Mr Gerhard’s story.
‘(Mr Gerhard) does not show the true position of the motor vehicle when the infringement was issued,’ it said.
‘The vehicle in question was parked at the lower end of the driveway and was compromising the nature strip and safe pedestrian passage.’
The council spokeswoman said the car endangered pedestrians.
She said the infringement notice was issued for restricting access to a driveway.
‘On private property, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure their vehicle is parked within the property boundary,’ she said.
Mr Gerhard was not the first irritated resident fined for parking in his own driveway.
Tanyia Johnson, from Springvale, Melbourne, received two $93 fines in March for parking her car in her driveway.
She was also handed a ticket for parking on a nature strip which sits directly opposite her house and ‘does not block any pathway’.
Ms Johnson says her and her family have used those parking spots for nearly 60 years and was shocked to find she was expected to cough up cash for parking in her own driveway.
‘It’s a joke,’ Ms Johnson told Leader Community News.
‘For 57 years I’ve parked in that driveway. We’ve never had a problem.’