NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced on Saturday that 10 of the most common parking fines will be cut by 25 per cent in Sydney Olympic Park, Barangaroo, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Centennial Park and Parramatta Park from July 1. It’s part of the 2018–2019 state budget, which will be handed down on June 19.
The NSW Government’s penalty-reduction plan only applies to the areas it governs; local councils have not yet said they will also adopt the changes, which extend to parking for longer than permitted, parking without a ticket displayed and parking after a ticket has expired.
All fines are being reviewed and the state government is also investigating ways to make parking signs less confusing.
The majority of NSW parking fines are issued by local councils, which are being urged by the NSW Government to alleviate pressure on motorists’ wallets.
“It’s time to make the system simpler and fairer,” Mr Perrottet said in an official statement. “I would hope they [councils] do the right thing by residents, ratepayers and visitors and undertake a review of their own approach to parking fines.”
The NSW Government is also trialling a 10-minute “grace period”, which gives motorists a chance to move their vehicles before a fine is imposed.