Disputing Parking Fine at University of Newcastle
Last edited 07/05/2019 - 17:37 by 1 other user
Hoping you guys can help me with this issue as I'm not sure who else to ask. Recently I parked at the Newcastle University. I went and bought a ticket for $4.40 at 8:15 AM. Came back to my car at around 7pm to find that I had a parking ticket. It took me a good 10 minutes to realise that I was parked in a teacher parking zone. One of the signs that ended the zone was not there, however there was a sign at the other end (first bay). I was parked in the last bay. Google maps shows that there used to be a sign there but is now gone.
I have posted pictures to make it clearer
Also worth noting is at the entrance to the parking area there is a general parking sign.
Thinking that this was a little unfair I contested the fine. I submitted the pictures showing that there was no parking sign and my $4.40 parking ticket and the sign at the entrance to the car park. I hadn't checked google maps at that point so I had no evidence to show that there once was a sign there.
I recently got a response. This is essentially the outcome: "We acknowledge your comments and images in relation to the signage and images provided.
However the issuing officer indicates vehicle "BLANK" was parked in a clearly signposted zone"
I do not intend to pay this fine ($80), as I don't believe this is correct. I really would like to avoid taking this to court, but it seems that since I have already contested the fine that is the only option left.
My question is, is there any other avenue to take before taking this to court? Is there any law on the correct way to display parking signs? My biggest beef is how can the officer claim that there is clear signage when there isn't. He is essentially lying on an official government issue with what will be basically be no repercussions. Is there anything I can do to follow up on that?
TL:DR Got a parking fine. One of the signs is missing but officers says its clearly signposted. Already contested. What can I do?