In an effort to take a “simpler and fairer” approach to parking and fines, the NSW Government will now cut fines by 25 per cent in areas such as Sydney Olympic Park, Centennial Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Parramatta Park.
Commencing July 1 the current $110 penalty is reduced to $80 in areas the State Government polices.
Which parking fines will be reduced?
- Park continuously for longer than permitted
- Park without current ticket displayed
- Park after ticket expired
- Stand vehicle in area longer than allowed
- Stop in restricted parking area
- Park after meter expired
- Not stand vehicle in marked parking space
- Remain in ticket-operated loading zone after ticket expired
- Park without current loading zone ticket
- Park without paying meter fee
The NSW Government will undertake a review of all fines, except those that may impact road safety, and investigate fixing confusing parking signs.
A grace period for motorists will also be investigated to prevent people receiving fines if they overstay a meter by just a few minutes.
Currently, the NSW Government sets parking fine levels, with the current minimum amount set at $110. New legislation will allow local governments and other authorities the flexibility to also charge lower amounts.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said road safety wouldn’t be compromised by the changes.
“Fines such as speeding, running a red light, not wearing a seat belt, stopping on a clearway or using a mobile phone when driving are naturally much higher and reflect the seriousness of the offence – they are not part of this review,” Mr Perrottet said.
These changes were part of the 2018-19 State Budget released on 19 June 2018.
Image: Parking fines issued by the State Government will soon be less of a hit for your hip pocket.