Dept points finger at council for Main St parking pickle
THE Department of Transport and Main Roads has laid blame for any conflicting parking signage firmly at the feet of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Its message followed a Chronicle report showing signage on Pialba's Main St allowed drivers to park vehicles directly over a fire hydrant.
A TMR representative said any such allowance would contravene Queensland road rules.
"Section 199 has a provision that allows parking in front of post boxes if appropriately signed by a local authority," the representative said.
"This does not apply to the provision for fire hydrants s194.
"Local councils are responsible for installing appropriate road infrastructure that complies with the QRR."
Infrastructure and planning councillor Trevor McDonald said an investigation was launched after a resident's complaint.
He said following that, staff would soon make changes to the parking spaces in Main St so vehicles could no longer park on top of the hydrant or in front of the post box.
"Council was going to wait for roadworks in Main St to make changes," Cr McDonald said.
"But the council project will not start until next year (so) we've decided to paint out the parking bay and install new parking signs as soon as possible."
He said an investigation of parking in Ibis Blvd had been completed and the parking bays had been removed.
"The parking bays were created on Ibis Boulevard in response to residents' call to control where shoppers were parking," Cr McDonald said.
"Unfortunately they created other issues with traffic flows and residents asked that they be removed.
"While the council monitored the situation and hoped drivers would adapt to the changes, they did not, so council acted and removed the parking bays."
A Queensland Police spokesman said the signage was TMR or council domain but he said QPS had responsibility for issuing traffic infringement notices.