Revenue from parking fines in Orange is up by about $110,000 in the first four months of 2018-19.
The latest figures from Revenue NSW have revealed Orange City Council issued 705 more fines to motorists from July-October 2018 than the same period in 2017.
The 2964 fines issued in the period totalled about $387,000. That was $110,256, or an average of $27,564 a month, up on 2017.
And it is more than double the fines issued just three years ago.
Motorists were fined a total of $793,000 for overstaying parking in Orange in 2017-2018 but this is likely to be exceeded this financial year.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said the figures showed the council’s mobile parking-detection car was proving effective.
“It means there are more people who are doing the wrong thing,” he said.
However, Cr Kidd said he sympathised with motorists who were unexpectedly delayed in returning to their cars on time or struggled to find a park near where they had to go in Orange.
He said he would take the issue to council soon.
“This year the whole parking issue needs to be looked at. There are some areas where we should be looking at extending the time,” he said.
Cr Kidd said changes could include allowing the first 15 minutes parking free in the busiest areas of the CBD.
That included spots near the post office in Summer Street and in Lords Place.
“We want to get more people back in the retail area and part of that is parking,” he said.
Cr Kidd said council also needed to consider the parking situation near schools and nursing homes.
He also said large concrete kerbs around trees in Lords Place were taking up space that could be used to create extra parking spots.
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