Contesting a Parking Fine

So yesterday I parked in a parking area I use a lot. It is $8 a day from 9-5 and free at other times. I'd gotten to work early for a meeting starting at 8:00. So I was there about 7:50. I use the easy park app, and the app wouldn't let me start my parking,. I guess cos I was too early. So just before 9:00 I jumped on the app from my office, and it still wouldn't let me pay. So I mucked around with it and eventually got it to pay for the parking in what I thought was the correct parking area.

Turns out it was not the correct parking area, although it was the same cost and conditions of the area where I'd parked. I received a fine but also have evidence I've paid my parking.

I want to contest the fine with SDRO, is it worth it??

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  • 38
    It's worth a shot!
  • 9
    You're an idiot just pay the fine.
  • 0
    Yes you've been treated unfairly and will definitely win.
  • 0
    No council and the SDRO don't give a toss about your intentions, U will lose.

Comments

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    TLDR: paid. For parking in the wrong parking spot. Contest it or not?

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    ACCC for sure

    • +1 vote

      Surely it's a spot for A Current Affair?

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    You park in the location often, yet purchased a ticket for the wrong location.

    Why wouldn't the APP allow you to make purchase but then did?

    I'd look at your history, the facts and your story.

    I let most off who make a genuine mistake.

    • +1 vote

      Why wouldn't the APP allow you to make purchase but then did?

      Because the app is dumb and doesn't let you pay for parking even mere minutes before the paid period starts.

  • +3 votes

    No harm/cost to contest the fine, so don't see why you wouldn't go for it!

  • +3 votes

    It’s worth a shot, provide them the history of you paying for the parking as well, to demonstrate that you were not someone trying to get free parking.

    I once got let off a parking fine, when I had actually forgot to buy a ticket. Parked same spot everyday for work and always bought tickets, just had one of those days where I stuffed up. I supplied my history of payment and they let me off with a warning.

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      Thanks I have a log on the app of me paying in a regular basis, and have taken a screen shot.

  • +1 vote

    What I think you are asking is 'should I send a plea letter to SDRO outlining my error and ask for the ticket to be withdrawn'. You can. It's a waste of a stamp. The answer will be no.

    If you are asking 'should I contest the ticket and have it heard in a court', then the answer is maybe. Magistrate might side with you. Roll the dice

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    Is it council or one of those dodgy parking mobs? I’m guessing by SDRO being referenced it’s a council thing.

    If council, ask for review they probably get lots of people using the wrong area and you should have a record of having actually paid for the day.

    If dodgy parking mob ignore it.

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      Yeah is council. And yes the app shows I paid and the parking area that I paid for is in the same area as the one I was in.

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    'Contesting' kinda implies you were wrongly fined, which you weren't technically. It's your responsibility to ensure you pay correctly. So using that word with them may make you sound like a Karen?

    Just admit your mistake and show evidence that you weren't trying to be dodgy, and hopefully they'll understand and waive it.

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      Contesting was the word the SDRO used when I spoke to him.

      If I was argumentative I would have used the word Disputing.

      • +1 vote

        You're missing the point. Words you use can influence others decisions.
        But up to you, its your fine.

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    Take responsibility for your own phuck up

  • +1 vote

    Just an update for those interested.

    I put in a dispute and they have come back to me today.

    I don't have to pay the fine. And it has been dismissed with caution. (ie.. be more careful in future!)