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Increased Powers for Parking Inspectors


Parking Ticket

The sinking feeling we get when seeing a parking ticket tucked under our windscreen wiper is about to get much worse, as a result of the NSW Government recently increasing the powers of parking inspectors. No longer will the consequence be just a monetary fine. Instead, depending on the type of offence, their decision to issue a ticket could also include up to two demerit points.

Thankfully, the powers extended to parking inspectors are not equal to the powers police possess, as there is a limit to the type of offences that carry demerit points.

The offences which fall under the new provisions include:

  • Stop in intersection: $337 fine and 2 demerit points (Rule 170 (1) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop within 20m of intersection (traffic lights): $337 fine and 2 demerit points (Rule 170 (2) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop within 10 m of intersection (no traffic lights): $337 fine and 2 demerit points (Rule 170 (3) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop on/near children’s crossing: $337 fine and 2 demerit points (Rule 171 (1) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop on/near pedestrian crossing: $337 fine and 2 demerit points (Rule 172 (1) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop on/near marked foot crossing: $337 fine and 2 demerit points (Rule 173 (1) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop near bicycle crossing lights: $337 fine and 2 demerit points (Rule 174 (2) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop on/near level crossing: $337 fine and 1 demerit points (Rule 175 (1) Road Rules 2014)
  • Stop in parking area for disabled: $561 fine and 1 demerit points (Rule 203 (1) Road Rules 2014
  • Stand vehicle in disabled persons parking space without authority: $561 fine and 1 demerit points (Section 650 (1) Local Government Act 1993)

However, the recent changes are not all negative for motorists. At the same time as increased penalties for parking offences, the NSW Government has decided to extend leniency for those who remain in parking zones longer than permitted. From 31 January 2019, motorists will receive a ten-minute grace period if they overstay their time limit. However, this will only apply to parking spaces where a parking meter issues a physical ticket, and only those motorists who have paid for at least one hour of parking will be eligible. Further, the grace period does not extend to spaces with parking control signs such as transit lanes, bus lanes, clearway, no stopping zones, loading zones and mail zones.

(Ticket values correct as at 19 December 2018)

Written by John Sutton on January 10, 2019

John is the National Director of Criminal Law at Armstrong Legal. The experience John possesses, being a high quality mix of defence and prosecution skills, together with his team at Armstrong Legal, mean you can be certain of accurate, dependable and practical advice on how your matter can dealt with. View John's profile


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