Mrs Deck & I parked in a 4hr bay, Sturt St - went to see a show.
Was a particularly wild windy rainy day.
Bought ticket, placed on dash.
Ticket must have blown off and into the car with the wind - I had grabbed an umbrella, and went over to assist Mrs Deck out of car in rain.
Came back to find booking ticket ($60)
Their argument -
Regardless of circumstances, law says 'ticket must be placed on dash'.
I had conceded that ticket was not on dash, therefore I was at fault.
My argument -
I had proof of purchase of ticket, with time stamp.
I had proof of weather, and a plausible cause.
I was parked legally, paid the fee ($6 or something)
(a) - The parking spot is not worth $60 - but $6
(b) - I paid, had evidence
(c) - I was not responsible for a flaw in the council's system - ie; that a ticket may be blown off dash.
Summation - Made an effort, parked correctly, paid amount due, fine was unreasonable since blame could be considered shared between myself and council's system.
Judge threw it out.