REVVED UP: Joseph Jackson, of Silkstone, has received a parking fine from Ipswich City Council for a car he says he doesn’t own.
REVVED UP: Joseph Jackson, of Silkstone, has received a parking fine from Ipswich City Council for a car he says he doesn’t own. David Nielsen

Fined ... but, I don't own this car

PARKING ticket dramas continue to dog the Ipswich City Council as it was forced to withdraw another falsely issued fine this week.

The review into council's parking procedure is ongoing after several ticketing blunders forced council to rethink their approach to policing parking infringements.

But the review didn't prevent Silkstone resident Joseph Jackson from copping an $82.50 fine for a car he has never owned.

Mr Jackson opened a letter to find a picture of a black BMW with P-plates parked in Chance Crt Springfield on May 23, attached to the documentation.

It followed two incidents this year where disgruntled residents came forward to the QT about their incorrectly issued fines.

Mr Jackson said he has signed documentation from the Transport and Main Roads to prove he never has owned it.

"When I first opened it up I thought, that's not my car. I rang them up and they said I needed to send in signed documentation from a JP. I thought to myself I have to do all the running around and it's not my fine.

"I think they are going the wrong way about it. A few months ago I was fined because my trailer was on the footpath. I don't mind that because I was in the wrong."

Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the review was ongoing and needed to address what outcomes residents wanted and how to change motorists' behaviours.

He expected the review to be complete in a month's time.

Cr Antoniolli said illegal car parking remained council's number one beef among the Ipswich community.

"We are trying to develop a new procedure for the parking issue of footpath parking," he said.

"Clearly, as good as we have tried, we need to improve our education and we need to formulate a procedure that addresses two customers.

"The first being the complainant. The community that has an expectation of being able to use the footpath and the owner of the vehicle that needs to address their behaviour."

Cr Antoniolli said the controversial number plate recognition car would remain off the road until the review was complete.

He said the NPR car was first used to patrol school parking areas, but its use was then expanded to footpath and regulated parking.


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