Problem parkers shamed on Facebook page

This person decided their car deserved two spots all to itself.
This person decided their car deserved two spots all to itself.

A FORMER Fraser Coast resident has taken problem parkers to the public by creating a Facebook page dedicated to "Fraser Coast Crap Parkers".

As the Facebook page reads: "This is a page contributed to by the community to help show just how bad people's parking really is".

The page administrator, who prefers to remain anonymous, told the Chronicle he was inspired to start the project in part because of a similar page focusing on parking on the Sunshine Coast and in part due to personal experience with poor parking.

"I created this page after seeing a car parked that made it very difficult to gain entry to my own vehicle it was very frustrating," the page administrator said.

The Facebook page, which started in April 2014, has proven popular, with more than 500 likes in only two months.

It features pictures submitted by members of the community and includes a range of parking offences but mostly focuses on drivers parking their cars across a number of parking spaces.

While the Fraser Coast page has a long way to go to catch up to Sunshine Coast Crap Parkers, with 12,706 likes, the page administrator said it seems to be making people conscious about how their parking affects others.

"A fan messaged us and mentioned that because of pages like this they were more aware of how they are parking," he said.

"I've known of people dobbing in their friends as well."

"I really hope our page helps turn people off from parking badly because there is really no excuse."

The page administrator said the two main reasons people give for poor parking is lack of skill and lack of time.

"People in a rush won't straighten up or correct a park or they will park illegally (disabled, ambulance, loading zones) so they can do their five-minute shop," he said.

"If it is because of skill I feel they should be retrained."

"There is no point knowing how to drive if you can't park at your destination."

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