MOTORISTS in Orange were issued 1000 fewer parking fines in the 2015-16 financial year than in the previous 12 months.
The bad news? They still copped more tickets than Bathurst and Dubbo combined.
In the year ending on June 30, 2016 there were 4,354 parking infringement notices handed out in the Orange Local Government Area (LGA), well down on the 5,399 which were printed out in the 2014-15 financial year.
Consequently, the total cost of the fines also dropped, falling from $614,641 to $505,735.
But those figures are seen in a less flattering light when compared to the Central West’s other regional centres.
Bathurst motorists received 2,155 fines in 2015-16, totaling $271,608, while Dubbo’s parking rangers issued just 1,136 tickets in the same period, hitting hip pockets to the tune of $140,614.
All in all, the combined populations of Bathurst and Dubbo were hit with 1,063 fewer fines than Orange’s drivers, at a cost of $93,513 less.
It’s been a consistent trend in recent times: in both 2012-13 and 2013-14 Orange had more than double the number of parking infringement notices than the Bathurst LGA.
In February Orange City Council introduced mobile parking camera technology to patrol the city’s streets and parking lots.
But in August the vehicle was removed from service and returned to the manufacturer amid concerns about the clarity of images it displayed to parking inspectors.
While it’s unclear what impact – if any – the introduction and subsequent removal of the technology had on the city’s rate of parking infringements, there were 407 fines had been issued by the mobile parking camera from the start of May to the end of July.