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All City of Melbourne parking fines to be suspended during stage four restrictions

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Restrictions will still apply to “red sign” parking bays, which include: disability spaces, no stopping areas, tow-away clearways and loading zones.

The entire city of Melbourne will be free from parking fines for the remainder of stage four restrictions after concerns were raised over essential workers receiving tickets.

In an announcement today City of Melbourne CEO Justin Hanney said all green sign parking bays will now offer unlimited parking, free from restrictions or fees.

Restrictions will still apply to "red sign" parking bays, which include: disability spaces, no stopping areas, tow-away clearways, loading zones and any other bay which may create a risk to public safety.

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The backflip on parking restrictions comes just days after widespread outrage that doctors and nurses in the city's hospitals were receiving fines for parking too long while treating COVID-19 patients.

Exhausted Royal Melbourne Hospital doctor Katarina Arandjelovic was shocked to find a $99 parking ticket on her car dashboard when she left the hospital at 10pm on Monday.

In a series of tweets directed to Melbourne's Lord Mayor Sally Capp and the City of Melbourne, Dr Arandjelovic revealed she had worked at least 56 hours over the preceding four days as she cared for "some of the state's sickest patients".

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The doctor received a $99 ticket after her shift.

The fine was later revoked.

Mr Hanney said the City Of Melbourne will also look to reopen commercial car parks to ease pressure on street parking.

"Parking officers are considered essential workers under State Government definitions and will continue to be visible on our streets," Mr Hanney said.

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"They play an important role in managing public safety and road access for residents, essential workers and emergency service vehicles.

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Empty streets are seen on August 11, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

"We ask everyone to be mindful of the important of vehicle turnover to support people needing to access essential services and businesses."

Mr Hanney said the city had issued a further 5000 temporary parking permits to frontline emergency workers, cumulating in a total of 15,000 permits issued since the pandemic begun.

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