IF you receive a parking fine on state government-owned land, including national parks and certain areas of Sydney, your fine is now 25 per cent less in line with a recent announcement from the NSW treasurer.
However, it remains unclear whether Orange City Council and others across the state will be able to follow suit as the state government reviews all non-road safety fines.
Last month, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced fines for overstaying time limits on government land would fall from $110 to $80.
As part of the review, the state government will seek to introduce a 10-minute grace period, as well as find solutions for confusing parking signs.
Legislation would also seek to provide councils flexibility to cut parking fines.
McCormack Barber Real Estate property manager Natalie Hewson supported a cut to $80 for parking fines in Orange, saying the business averaged a fine a week.
“I think I paid about $1000 in fines last year,” she said.
Ms Hewson said staff needed quick access to their cars to attend property inspections and all-day spaces in the vicinity were usually occupied.
“We work with so many different people – often we get people coming into the office and it’s not like we can say, sorry we have to move the car,” she said.
She said a 10-minute grace period would have saved her a number of fines.
“There have been a few times when the ranger has said they can disregard it, but more often than not, it’s been too far on,” she said.
Residents can contribute to the fine review by visiting https://www.nswfinesreview.com.au/nsw-review-of-parking-fines.