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Motorists

Published 21st January, 2019

Motorists will be able to be a few minutes late and pay lower parking fines under a fairer, common sense approach.

Two of the key changes for motorists in the NSW Fines Review are parking fines reductions and a grace period for parking.

Grace period

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Ticket

Parking ticket or coupon

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10 minute grace period

What is a grace period?

  • The NSW Government has introduced a 10-minute grace period. This means that if you are a few minutes later than the time printed on your parking ticket or coupon you will not receive a fine.
  • The grace period was designed in response to community concerns.
  • The grace period only applies after at least one hour of paid parking, and only to ticketed or coupon parking.
  • To avoid impacts on safety and road congestion, the grace period will not apply to certain areas such as bus lanes, clearways and transit lanes.

When does the grace period start?

The grace period will take effect from 31 January 2019.

What do you need to do?

Nothing. The 10-minute grace period will apply automatically for all the relevant offences from 31 January 2019.

The grace period is for 10 minutes only.

Where does the grace period apply?

From 31 January 2019, a grace period of 10 minutes will apply to parking fines when all of the following conditions are met:

  • a fee has been paid to park for one hour or more immediately before the grace period commences
  • a coupon or ticket is clearly displayed
  • the parking space is not in a shared zone, a metered parking area or other excluded area (see below).

Where does the grace period not apply?

The grace period does not apply to a vehicle parked in a:

  • metered parking area, where the meters do not issue parking tickets
  • private car park
  • shared zone
  • bus lane, clearway, transit lane, bus zone, loading zone, mail zone, and no stopping area
  • special event parking
  • free parking zone
  • long stay or multi-storey carparking where there are no time limits.

The grace period also does not apply to paid coupon or ticketed parking for less than one hour

What is the difference between ticket, coupon and metered parking?

Ticket parking is a common pay parking scheme in NSW and requires a motorist, after parking the vehicle in the ticket parking area or space, to obtain a ticket from a centrally located ticket parking machine. The ticket must be displayed in or on the vehicle.

Coupon parking involves the pre-purchase of coupons from sale outlets and the display of coupons in or on the vehicle and is occasionally used in more remote areas. 

Metered parking requires a motorist to “buy” the time to park in a designated meter parking space. Meter parking is designated by parking signs containing the word “meter”.

Why is metered parking excluded?

Metered parking is excluded as it is difficult to know whether a motorist has paid for an hour of parking before the meter has expired and whether the grace period has expired.

Is my council/university subject to the new grace period rules?

The grace period applies to all NSW parking fine issuing authorities, including NSW Government authorities (which includes parking infringements issued by NSW Police), councils and universities.

What do I do if I get a parking fine within the 10-minute grace period?

If you get a parking fine within the 10-minute grace period on or after 31 January 2019, you can request a review of your parking fine. Find out more.

Is there a possibility of losing demerit points while in the grace period?

No. The grace period only applies to ticket and coupon parking offences. These offences do not have demerit points associated with them.

What is the relevant regulation?

The grace period is provided for in Section 123C of the Road Transport (General) Regulation 2013, under the Road Transport Act 2013.

Where can I seek answers to my questions or queries?

Submit any questions or queries via email to [email protected] or phone 13 77 88.

Parking fine reductions

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What are the changes?

  • Penalty levels for 52 state-issued non-safety related parking offences have been reduced from $112 to $80.
  • Councils and universities can opt-in to charge the lower levels.

When do these changes apply?

  • Ten common parking fines were lowered in July 2018 from $112 to $80 when issued by NSW Government authorities, with a further 42 parking fines reduced from 1 January 2019. This includes parking fines issued by NSW Police as well as parking fines issued in areas such as Sydney Olympic Park and Centennial Park. 
  • Councils and universities have the option to reduce these 52 non-safety related parking fines from $112 to $80 from 28 February 2019.

What do I need to do?

Nothing. If you are issued a fine for one of the reduced parking offences by a NSW Government authority or a participating council or university, the lower amount of $80 will apply.

How do I know if my council or university is subject to the new parking fine regime?

Councils and universities have been asked to participate in the lower parking fine reforms. Participating councils and universities will be listed on this site prior to 28 February 2019.

Published 21st January, 2019
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