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Nothing’s fine in parking to go and visit the doctor

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June 09, 2018

A WOMAN who was fined for parking on Hare St while she was getting a breast check with her doctor said she has had enough of the parking system.

A WOMAN who was fined for parking on Hare St while she was getting a breast check with her doctor said she has had enough of the parking system.

Susan Ford visits her doctor at the Amcal pharmacy about once a week and is forking out money on parking every visit.

And she said it was time for change.

‘‘I am on a pension and it is hard enough getting by with rent and everything and because of where my doctor is I have to pay to park my car every time,’’ she said.

‘‘It all adds up.’’

Ms Ford said she always feeds the meter when she goes in to the doctors.

‘‘But you can only put a certain amount in at a time and often the doctor is running at least an hour late,’’ she said.

‘‘It is not like you can just excuse yourself while sitting in with your doctor to go and put some more money in the meter.

‘‘It is just a silly system and something has to be done.’’

Ms Ford said she wasn’t the only one.

‘‘It has to be adding up for all the patients who attend the doctors there,’’ she said.

‘‘When I asked the council about it they said to park near Autobarn and walk around.

‘‘But this just isn’t feasible as I have scoliosis of the spine and it hurts to walk.’’

A ticket system which can validate you have seen a doctor is something Ms Ford is asking the council to consider.

‘‘I have seen this system work in Melbourne when a doctor I was seeing had consulting rooms within a hospital,’’ she said.

‘‘It is not like we are going shopping or sipping on a latte — we are getting poked and prodded.

‘‘We are already feeling horrible. The last thing someone who has been to the doctor wants is to come out and see a $70 parking fine on their car.’’

Campaspe Shire regulatory and community services general manager Paul McKenzie said patients should choose the medical clinic that ‘‘best suits their needs’’.

‘‘Private medical clinics, along with all other independent businesses, choose the location of their own premises and consider the needs of their customers, including their parking requirements,’’ he said.

‘‘People are always free to select the medical clinic that best suits their needs which also includes parking options.

‘‘Metered parking is in place in the CBD to encourage traffic turnover, which in turn, supports local businesses.’’

Mr McKenzie said there had been two parking infringement notices contested.

‘‘These were contested specifically due to attending the clinic in Hare St in the past six months,’’ he said. ‘‘The parking fine for expired or absent tickets in Hare St is $70.

‘‘If a driver believes they have been fined incorrectly they are encouraged to write to council outlining the circumstances for consideration.’’

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