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NSW Government authorities

Published 21st January, 2019

NSW Government authorities will play a key role in the implementation of changes to parking fines in NSW.

Grace period

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60 minutes

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Ticket

Parking ticket or coupon

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10 minute grace period

The NSW Government has introduced a 10-minute grace period in response to community concerns for certain parking offences. This change is designed to allow motorists to be a few minutes late, but also ensure road safety is not jeopardised and the smooth flow of traffic is not compromised.

The grace period only applies after at least one hour of paid parking, and only to ticketed or coupon parking.

Who is impacted?

All parking fine issuing authorities, including:

  • NSW government agencies
  • Councils
  • Universities.

From what date should NSW Government authorities implement the grace period?

Allowing a grace period for certain parking offences will commence on 31 January 2019.

Where does the grace period apply?

The grace period of 10 minutes will apply when all 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 the grace period will 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 do NSW Government authorities need to do?

NSW Government authorities should advise their parking inspectors of these changes and their responsibilities to ensure a smooth implementation from 31 January 2019. They should update relevant manuals and other communications prior to 31 January 2019.

NSW Government authorities are encouraged to promote the grace period changes within their community, so citizens are informed about the new arrangements.

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.

What is the relevant regulation?

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

The relevant parking offences are:

Offence
Road Rules 2014 Ticket parking
Rule 207-3 (4) Park after ticket expired
Rule 207-3 (5) Park for longer than allowed by ticket signs
  Coupon parking
Rule 207-5 (5) Park after coupon expired
Rule 207-5 (6) Park for longer than allowed by coupon signs

Parking fines

Cars next to a parking metre

What are the changes to parking fines?

The NSW government has lowered a group of 52 non-safety related parking offences from $112 to $80.

How does this affect NSW Government authorities?

The NSW Government has introduced regulatory changes which have reduced the penalty level of 52 common parking fines when issued by NSW Government authorities. The application of the lower penalty level for these 52 fines is mandatory for NSW Government authorities, there is no discretion to charge the higher level.

Are all NSW Government authorities required to lower these fines?

Yes. Clause 122 and Clause 123B of the Road Transport (General) Regulation 2013, under the Road Transport Act 2013 require these fines to be lowered from $112 to $80 when issued by NSW Government authorities.

NSW Government authorities which must apply the lower level include:

Councils and universities are not required to charge the lower levels but may choose to do so. 

If you are unsure if these changes apply to your organisation, contact [email protected].

Does the reduction apply to all parking fines?

The reduction applies to 52 common parking fines, these 52 fines are listed below.

ItemLaw  (Road Rules 2014)                           Description

1.

Rule 168-1 (1)

Stop/park in restricted parking area

2.

Rule 205

Park continuously for longer than permitted

3.

Rule 207-1 (6)

Park without paying meter fee

4.

Rule 207-1 (11)

Park after meter expired

5.

Rule 207-3 (1)

Park without current ticket displayed

6.

Rule 207-3 (4)

Park after ticket expired

7.

Rule 179-1 (1)

Park without current loading zone ticket

8.

Rule 179-1 (5)

Park after loading zone ticket expired

9.

Rule 210 (1)

Not park at 90º angle

10.

Rule 210 (1)

Not park at 45º angle

11.

Rule 210 (1)

Not park as on parking control sign/road marking

12.

Rule 210 (1)

Not position vehicle correctly - front/rear (90º angle parking)

13.

Rule 210 (1)

Not position rear of vehicle correctly (45º angle parking)

14.

Rule 211 (2)

Not park wholly within parking bay

15.

Rule 211 (3)

Use more parking bays than necessary

16.

Rule 184 (1)

Stop in minibus zone (other)

17.

Rule 207-1 (1)

Park outside metered space

18.

Rule 207-1 (12)

Park for longer than allowed by metered signs

19.

Rule 207-2 (a)

Park in occupied metered space

20.

Rule 207-2 (b)

Park across markings of metered space

21.

Rule 207-3 (5)

Park for longer than allowed by ticket signs

22.

Rule 207-4 (a)

Park in occupied ticket space

23.

Rule 207-4 (b)

Park across marking of ticket space

24.

Rule 207-5 (1)

Park without current coupon

25.

Rule 207-5 (4)

Display more than 3 coupons at a time

26.

Rule 207-5 (5)

Park after coupon expired

27.

Rule 207-5 (6)

Park for longer than allowed by coupon signs

28.

Rule 207-6 (a)

Park in occupied coupon space

29.

Rule 207-6 (b)

Park across markings of coupon space

30.

Rule 207-7

Park in pay parking area or space that is closed

31.

Rule 207-8 (1)

Park in phone parking area not pay parking fee as prescribed

32.

Rule 207-8 (4)

Remain parked in phone parking area paid period expired

33.

Rule 207-8 (5)

Remain parked in phone parking area beyond permissible

34.

Rule 207-9 (1)(a)

Park in phone parking space while other vehicle in space

35.

Rule 207-9 (1)(b)

Park in phone parking space not wholly inside markings

36.

Rule 179-1 (4)

Display more than one loading zone ticket

37.

Rule 179-1 (6)

Replace expired loading zone ticket

38.

Rule 179-1 (7)

Park in discontinued ticket loading zone

 

 Local Government Act 1993                              Description

1.

Sec 650 (1)

Stand vehicle in area longer than allowed

2.

Sec 650 (1)

Stand vehicle in area other than time permitted

3.

Sec 650 (4)(a)

Not stand vehicle in marked parking space

4.

Sec 650 (4)(b)

Stand vehicle in occupied marked parking space

5.

Sec 650 (4)(c)

Not stand vehicle wholly in marked parking space

6.

Sec 650 (5)

Fail to comply with parking direction

7.

Sec 650 (5)

Fail to comply with vehicle movement direction

8.

650A (1)

Park vehicle in strata parking area etc contrary to sign

9.

650A (1)

Park vehicle strata parking area etc not at times permitted

10.

650A (1)

Park vehicle strata parking area etc not for time permitted

11.

650A (4)(a)

Park vehicle not in marked parking space

12.

650A (4)(b)

Park vehicle in marked parking space with another vehicle

13.

650A (4)(c)

Park vehicle not wholly in marked parking space

14.

650A (5)

Not comply with direction regarding parking or movement of vehicle

When will the reductions apply?

Now.

In July 2018, 10 of the most common parking fines were reduced to $80 when issued by a NSW Government authority. A further 42 parking fines, when issued by NSW Government authorities, were reduced to $80 from 1 January 2019.

What do NSW Government authorities need to do?

NSW Government authorities must ensure the correct fine level is applied to the parking offences listed above.

NSW Government authorities should ensure any relevant manuals are updated accordingly and that the changes are communicated to the necessary areas within your organisation.

 

Published 21st January, 2019
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