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Parking crackdown sparks claims of revenue raising

A CRACKDOWN on tradies parking on footpaths at building sites has sparked claims of council revenue raising just before Christmas.

The Sunshine Coast Council this week launched a parking blitz, fining vehicles parked illegally in suburban streets and, in some cases, their own driveways.

Tradies working on building sites have also been caught with one worker describing the situation as an "absolute s--t fight" after $100 fines were issued.

Others claimed the council was simply revenue raising.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has defended the council and said residents had been warned about the crackdown, with fact sheets sent to thousands of residents.

The Toowoomba Regional Council recently delivered reminder fact sheets in the CBD areas, and launched a trial of one-hour parking in the city heart.

The TRC website explains drivers can be fined for parking in a way which obstructs access by vehicles or pedestrians to or from a footpath, bicycle path or passageway.

The exceptions are if the driver is picking up or dropping off passengers, or the driver stops in a parking bay or regulated space.

Under the state legislation, which the council enforces, a "driver leaves a vehicle unattended if the driver is more than 3m from the closest part of the vehicle".