Turn-around in parking
By ADRIAN MILLER
MOTORISTS at Yamba have reacted angrily after being fined by the highway patrol for parking nose to kerb in the town's main streets.
Motorists have been fined along Coldstream and Yamba streets for parking front first.
Motorists are asking why was it left to the highway patrol and not the Clarence Valley Council parking offi- cer to book them.
Horst Blushke, who was fined in early February for parking nose-first in Coldstream Street, said he questioned police and they had told him it was not their jurisdiction.
"What annoys me most was going to the police to complain about it and being told they have no authority over local parking," he said.
"I was told it's not a police matter, yet they come and book us for parking."
Grafton Highway Patrol Sergeant Denis Nall said officers could fine people for parking illegally.
"We can do it at any time, it's not a function that was taken off us," he said.
"It used to be that a parking patrol officer was deployed by the police department, and they did it and we did it.
"Now things have simply gone over to council, but that doesn't mean we can't do it."
Mr Blushke questioned the rear-end-in parking system, especially when many motorists parked nose first.
Clarence Valley Council parking officer John Pearson said the system was in place because it was easier to see other vehicles when exiting parking spaces.