Woman slapped with fine after parking outside home – but was she in the wrong?

A Canberra man has prompted debate over an obscure parking rule after his wife copped a fine for leaving her car outside their home.

Taking to a local community Facebook page, he revealed his partner received an infringement notice after parking on the section of pavement between their driveway and the footpath which runs through a nature strip.

“I didn’t realise it was an offence to park in your own driveway,” he said.

The man was seeking advice over the fine. Source: Facebook
The man was seeking advice over the fine. Source: Facebook

The man warned other drivers they too could fall foul of the rule if they leave their vehicles in similar locations.

Dozens descended on the post, with many appearing just as disgruntled over the fine.

“I know areas where the van couldn’t get down if everyone parked ‘properly’ and didn’t park half off the road,” one user quipped.

Parking on a nature strip or obstructing the footpath is a parking offence across Australia. Source: Getty
Parking on a nature strip or obstructing the footpath is a parking offence across Australia. Source: Getty

But others were less sympathetic, and after the man admitted the vehicle was protruding slightly onto the footpath, he was told to suck it up.

“One of my pet hates is having to walk onto the road because some inconsiderate person has blocked the footpath/nature strip,” one user declared.

“It has always been the law not to.”

According to the ACT Parking Infringements Guide, the rule is in place for several reasons, mainly becaise parking on the pavement or nature strip obstructs the sight of pedestrians and motorists.

The man’s wife will most likely have copped a $120 fine. Source: AAP
The man’s wife will most likely have copped a $120 fine. Source: AAP

“Vehicles parked on footpaths or nature strips can obstruct motorists’ line of sight of other vehicles on the road and pedestrians about to cross the road,” it reads.

Each incident is assessed on its level of risk, with drivers facing a fine of up to $120 in the ACT.

Drivers caught in NSW can fork out up to $263 while in Victoria drivers will have to pay $97.

In SA , “obstructing pedestrians” comes at a cost of $129.

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