Starting 31 January 2019, amendments to section 123C of the Road Transport (General) Regulation 2013 were introduced by Road Transport (General) Amendment (Parking Fine Flexibility and Grace Period) Regulation 2018 which states that Councils will now be required to implement a regulated 10 minute grace period for certain paid parking offences that have a duration of more than one hour. These changes will affect all parking fine issuing authorities including NSW government agencies, Local Councils and Universities. These changes are compulsory and are not related to the recent NSW governments ‘opt in’ provisions to reduce the amount of parking fines.
What this means for you?
- Councils should ensure that their authorised issuing staff are made aware of these changes when issuing parking fines from 31 January 2019.
- Councils are encouraged to update any relevant manuals, procedures and systems that are involved with respect to parking fines.
Conditions for 10 minute grace period:
Councils are only required to enforce the 10 minute grace period if the following parking conditions are met: