A Sydney dad has questioned a fine he received after reverse parking at busy Manly beachfront, with dozens more slamming the decision by council to enforce an "insane" parking rule.
The frustrated dad implied he'd missed the sign instructing cars to park 'front to kerb' only because it was so small he explained on Facebook.
"I have circled how tiny it says ‘front to kerb’ on the sign," he said, calling it a "joke".
"Has anyone tried to fight this fine before? Got a $120 fine for failing to obey instructions on sign," he added.
Parking rule more dangerous, residents claim
He explained why he decided to reverse park in the first place, deeming it safer for his family.
"I reversed into a parking spot along Manly beachfront as I had a baby, dog, pram etc.. seems more dangerous to try and get it all out so close to the road," he said.
Dozens more agreed the 'front to kerb' rule makes it dangerous for people attempting to pull things from their boot, and "it’s more dangerous reversing out into traffic", one person fumed
"Especially since you can’t usually see if anyone is coming because cars are so big these days," they added. "I would fight it. What a joke".
One said they'd "never seen this requirement" and thanked the poster for the warning.
"We regularly park rear to beachside at Manly for the same reasons as you — thankfully never been fined," wrote.
Suggested reason for parking rule
Others encouraged the man to fight the fine and agreed the sign is "ridiculously tiny". While criticised by many, others claimed there was a reason why cars must face the kerb.
"It’s a safety issue which has a real hazard for bikes and pedestrians who could possibly be injured with the rear boot opening or being opened," one explained. "The sign, unfortunately for you, is there for a reason."
"I live on North Steyne so I’m walking there every day. Many times people with twin cab utes have parked rear to kerb and have been literally hanging over the cycle/walk trail," another said. Vehicles with tow bars make it "more dangerous for those walking by, the Manly resident claimed.
"I do think the rule is there for a purpose," they concluded.
Yahoo News Australia has contacted Northern Beaches Council for comment.
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