Penalty infringement notices are a necessary method of regulating and controlling the designated drop off and pick up areas at Launceston Airport – for those who park illegally or disobey the parking regulations.
Please note that effective 28th December 2012, the Federal Government has increased the value of a penalty point unit for parking infringements at Launceston Airport. Parking infringement notices are issued under the Commonwealth Airport Act 1996 regulations, in accordance with the Australian Road Rules.
Revenue from parking infringements is collected by Launceston Airport on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.
Do not ignore a parking infringement notice. You have 28 days after the date the notice is served to either; pay the fine, submit a statutory declaration nominating the driver or to appeal the infringement.
If you wish to have your parking infringement notice dealt with by the Magistrates Court, take no action regarding your notice – legal proceedings may be instigated by Launceston Airport.
Parking infringement notices are issued by Australia Pacific Airports Launceston (APAL) – the managers and operators of Launceston Airport. APAL issues these parking infringement notices in accordance with the Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997.
A map detailing the different parking zones at Launceston Airport can be found at Launceston Airport Parking Signage Plan.
How do I pay an infringement notice?
There are several ways in which you can pay your parking infringement notice – listed below.
Paying by Phone/Credit Card: Via Credit Card Payment – Phone (03) 63916 222 during business hours (09:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday). Please have your credit card and parking infringement notice ready.
Paying by Mail: Please post a cheque or money order made payable to Launceston Airport to the address listed below. Please ensure that the parking infringement notice number, vehicle registration number and a contact phone number are clearly printed on the reverse of the cheque or money order. A copy of the infringement notice may also be enclosed.
Post to: Launceston Airport, P.O. Box 1220, Launceston. Tasmania 7250.
Paying in person (cash, credit cards, cheque or money order): Please be directed to:- Launceston Airport Administration Building, Level 2, Launceston Airport Terminal. Payments can be accepted Monday – Friday (pubic holidays excluded) and during the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm.
What happens if I don’t pay within 28 days? Launceston Airport (APAL) may send you a letter if you have not paid the fine in full within 28 days. After this initial letter, Launceston Airport may commence legal action in the Magistrates Court. You may defend your charge in court.
Frequently Asked Questions – Penalty Infringement Notices
Launceston Airport receives a large number of requests appealing parking infringement notices. To save you time in compiling your application to appeal your infringement, please read through the FAQ’s below.
Under what circumstances may Launceston Airport approve an application to appeal a parking infringement notice?
Launceston Airport receives more applications to appeal a parking infringement notice than the numbers that we approve. We may approve an application where:
- The driver has suffered from a serious medical incident – supported by documentation such as a letter from the treating hospital or your doctor.
- The car has broken down and the driver is able to provide supporting documentation such as towing docket or a repair invoice from the resulting repairs.
I don’t know if my special circumstances are reason that Launceston Airport typically approve when appealing a parking infringement notice. What are the reasons Launceston Airport doesn’t approve – when seeking to withdraw an infringement notice?
Launceston Airport does not approve the following reasons in considering appeals against parking infringement notices:
- Not noticing a sign
- Reading only part of the sign
- Being unable to read the sign from the front seat of the car
- Forgetting to read the sign
- The weather
- Running late or being in a hurry to pick up someone
- Being delayed or at an appointment
- Talking on a mobile phone
- Wanting to avoid paying for parking at Launceston Airport
- Being unaware of the Australia Road Rules (all licensed drivers are expected to be aware and comply with Road Rules at all times)
If you are the registered owner of the vehicle, then you are responsible for the payment of the penalty. If you were not the driver of the vehicle at the time of the infringement, then you must nominate the responsible driver via a Statutory Declaration Form or you will remain responsible for the payment of the infringement.
Respond promptly. If you do not provide Launceston Airport with the requested information within 14 days of the request, then your appeal will be assessed on the information that is available on hand – which will considerably reduce the likelihood of your appeal being successful.
You have the option of either paying the infringement notice by the due date or electing to have the matter heard in the Magistrates Court. If you fail to pay or respond within 28 days of the due date APAL may commence legal proceedings.
Yes. If your car is left unattended in a designated tow away area, or if it is parked illegally and it is believed to be a danger to other road users, is likely to cause traffic congestion then Launceston Airport may tow your vehicle. All towing and vehicle retrieval costs are the responsibility of the owner.
No. You will not lose demerit points as a result of a parking infringement notice. Parking infringement notices do not result in a conviction or a criminal record. However failing to pay a parking infringement notice – and failing to address the matter at the Magistrates Court – could well result in ongoing legal concerns.