The Brisbane City Council is making almost $94,000 every day thanks to parking fines, as motorists continue to fall foul of local parking restrictions.

    As reported by ABC News, the BCC – Australia’s largest local government, with more than 1.32 million residents – issued 170,677 parking fines between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

    The fines issued across the period were worth a total value of $34.35 million, equating to about $201 per infringement.

    It also represented an injection of approximately $93,850 each day, or an average of $3900 every hour.

    The previous financial year reportedly netted $30.58 million from 168,042 fines, which saw an average penalty of $182.

    Last financial year’s total could’ve been higher still, with at least 5976 fines with more than $980,000 withdrawn due to factors such as “extenuating circumstances”, officer error, reasonable doubt or “compassionate grounds”, the ABC reports.

    The largest contributor to the parking fine tally was by motorists who didn’t comply with the “authorised system” while in fixed zones – such as those which limit parking time length or require payment – with 49,182 fines handed out for the offence.

    Drivers who stopped in a no-stopping zone accounted for 25,016 of the total, while 11,524 fines were issued to motorists that stopped on a yellow-edged road, 9309 were for stopping in a bus zone and 9282 to those who stopped in clearways.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly for such a population-dense area, the Brisbane CBD was the biggest hotspot for fines, with 29,161 penalties issued in the heart of the city. 

    Fortitude Valley was second with 23,170 infringements, while South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Bowen Hills, Milton, Woolloongabba, West End, Newstead and Kangaroo Point rounded out the top 10.

    Not included in the data was the approximately 7000 motorists who breached Brisbane’s parking laws but instead received “zero-value warnings”.

    If you receive a parking fine within the Brisbane City Council, you can dispute the penalty online here

    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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