Legislation needed to cut parking fines: council

WITH the state government lowering parking fines on its land from $110 to $80, Orange City Council says it needs legislation in order for it to follow suit.

The state government has begun a review on all fines, except those relating to road safety.

But council spokesman Nick Redmond said the council had adopted the parking fines set by the NSW Government for many years.

“This system keeps fines the same in different council areas across the state,” he said.

“If the government wants parking fines to be reduced across the state, the ball is currently in their court to do that.”

Mr Redmond said if the government’s plan to give councils some discretion became legislation, a report would come to councillors to consider how to act.

“On one hand, lower fines would give some relief to drivers,” he said. 

“One the other hand, Orange City Council routinely hears positive feedback from local business owners that our current approach to policing parking limits results in a good turnover of parking spaces for the convenience of their customers.”

He said the council would need to consider whether lower fines would reduce the incentive for drivers to comply with the time limits.

Residents can contribute to the fine review by visiting https://www.nswfinesreview.com.au/nsw-review-of-parking-fines.