Columns
10 years on Image

10 years on

Little by little for Docklands Rotary
Read more >>

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree
Read more >>

Docklander Image

Docklander

There’s no place like Docklands
Read more >>

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Hello Brindabella
Read more >>

Fashion Image

Fashion

Top five street style trends
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

All good things must come to an end
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

Call-out for residents in cladding affected buildings
Read more >>

New Businesses Image

New Businesses

Ultimate Kitchens and Bathrooms; Eyes on Docklands; polepole
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

OC chair wins $120k defamation payout
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Training a guide dog
Read more >>

SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

High-density cycling
Read more >>

Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Bill defects need to be fixed
Read more >>

What Women Want - With Abby Crawford Image

What Women Want - With Abby Crawford

Don’t be afraid to stop and have a little nap
Read more >>

Fears lead to fewer fines

27 Feb 2019

By Shane Scanlan

Melbourne councillors have been told almost $2 million in parking fines was not collected in the last quarter mainly because of “infringement officers requesting to be paired up over safety concerns”.

In a quarterly financial report presented to councillors at the February 19 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, chief financial officer Michael Tenace reported that $1.8 million less than expected was collected from fines in the second quarter of 2018-19. The figure is 8.4 per cent under budget.

“This unfavourable variance is due mainly to lower number of infringement notices being issued as a result of infringement officers requesting to be paired up over safety concerns,” Mr Tenace said.

But his explanation has been corrected by an official council spokesperson who said: “The decline in parking infringement revenue is due to a number of factors, including the impact of extreme weather (both heat and rain) on our on-road staff in recent months, a small number of officers working in pairs and some vacancies in our team which are being advertised.”

The spokesperson said the general trend for collection of parking fines was down in recent years.

“Revenue generated from parking fines in our municipality has decreased year-on-year for the last four years as a result of fewer cars visiting the city,” the spokesperson said.

However, the council’s August 2018 financial performance reported that $3.7 million (9 per cent) more than expected was collected in 2017-18.

“This favourable variance is due mainly to increased number of parking infringement penalties,” the report said.

The first quarter report for 2018-19 also reported a “minor favourable variance” of $200,000.

The council spokesperson revealed that parking officers were soon likely to be wearing body cameras in an attempt to prevent them being assaulted.

“There was no specific incident that led to a relatively small number of officers asking to be paired-up,” the spokesperson said.

“It is not yet clear whether pairing-up officers has had any impact on reports of assault. The majority of assaults on our officers are verbal assaults.”

“The streets are our officers’ workplace and we do not tolerate any form of abuse encountered by our officers in the course of their work. We work closely with Victoria Police to ensure the reported assaults are investigated.”

“We are currently in consultation with a view to introducing body worn cameras as a proactive measure to support officers’ safety on street. A number of other councils around Australia are using this technology and have reported a significant drop in incidents,” the spokesperson said.

Share on Facebook

Stay in touch with Docklands. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Docklands News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.

Docklands is Beautiful