Tanyia Johnson is angry she has been fined for parking in her own driveway. Picture: Norm Oorloff
Tanyia Johnson is angry she has been fined for parking in her own driveway. Picture: Norm Oorloff

Woman fined for parking in her own driveway

A MELBOURNE woman has been fined for parking in her own driveway, even though she and her family have been parking there without a problem for nearly 60 years.

Tanyia Johnson, from Springvale, was startled to find the $93 ticket on her car last week for blocking a driveway - which leads into her yard.

The City of Greater Dandenong ticket read: "Stopped on or across a driveway or other way of access".

Ms Johnson's neighbours in Moncur Ave were also hit with tickets during a parking fine blitz between February 28 and March 1.

There are no parking restriction signs and the residents told Leader there had been no warnings. The tickets were all handed out for vehicles blocking driveways and parking on nature strips.

"It's a joke," Ms Johnson said. "For 57 years I've parked in that driveway. We've never had a problem. Now I'm ringing the council and all they'll tell me is they're looking into it."

Neighbours Vickie Efthiniou and Wajahat Latif are waging the same battle against fines they claimed are unfair.

A map showing where people in a Springvale street were fined for parking in their driveways or on the nature strip.
A map showing where people in a Springvale street were fined for parking in their driveways or on the nature strip.

Both were given tickets for parking on a nature strip, but argued they were not blocking any footpath or driveway and there was no parking signage in the area.

Mrs Efthiniou said her family had been parking on that patch of grass for the past four years without issue.

"Never once have we had a letter or the council ask us please don't park there," she said. We've never had any problems whatsoever."

Mrs Efthiniou said there didn't seem to be any logic to the tickets, with some cars fined and other cars on the same nature strip given warnings.

"It's got to the point where it's actually ridiculous," Mrs Efthiniou said.

"My son got a $93 fine for his car, my daughter got a warning … it's not consistent, that's the problem."

Mr Latif said it was unreasonable that he was booked while others were let off with a warning.

"I don't get it, I don't get the rules, it's not very clear, it's kind of vague," he said.

The group has banded together to protest the parking fines and call for greater clarity on parking in the street.

The City of Greater Dandenong has not yet responded to Leader questions.

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