NSW Government To Slash Parking Fines To $80

Parking fines are set to be reduced in NSW as part of a sweeping overhaul.

What you need to know
  • The NSW Government will overhaul parking fines and push councils to follow suit
  • The reforms will see fines drop from $110 to $80 in areas patrolled by NSW Government
  • The revamp is set to be announced as part of the NSW Budget

NSW motorists are set to get relief from pricey parking fines with the Berejiklian government planning to overhaul the much-maligned system.

The state government reforms to parking penalties -- said to be the biggest in Sydney's history -- will reportedly see fines slide from $110 to $80 in some areas of the city and also result in the abolishment of other fines.

Among the penalties to be scrapped are a $200 fine for tooting your horn to say hello or $180 for not having a bell on a bicycle, NewsCorp Australia reports.

The reforms, set to be announced at the state budget, will also see several other fines cut by 25 per cent. These are said to include parking after ticket expired, stand vehicle in area longer than allowed and stop in restricted parking area.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is said to have been working on the large-scale overhaul for the last 12 months.

“People are getting hit too hard in the hip pocket by parking fines and it’s time to act,” Mr Perrottet told NewsCorp.

“This is not about getting rid of an offence, it’s about making sure the system is flexible and strikes a balance between deterrence and fairness.”

“I hope they (councils) follow our lead and do the right thing by their residents and ratepayers.

“We will look at introducing a reasonable grace period ... this will mean mum or dad wrestling with groceries and kids don’t have their week ruined by being a few minutes late getting back to feed the meter.”

The changes will reportedly come into effect from next month and will affect zones around Barangaroo and the Sydney foreshore,  Centennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, The Botanic Gardens, and Wentworth and Parramatta Parks.

In addition to cutting parking fines, the revamp will also reportedly include looking at a 10-minute grace period for late drivers before rangers issue fines.