The 'Excessive' Parking Rule Costing Aussies Big Bucks
An oft-forgotten parking rule has left a Sydney driver $344 out of pocket.
The black sedan was parked on Angel Street, Newtown, roughly two metres from an intersection.
There were no yellow lines and no 'no parking' signs, yet the driver was slapped with a hefty fine.
The reason? They were within 10 metres of an intersection.
Traffic rules around the country state that you must not stop your vehicle within 10 metres of an intersection. That increases to 20 metres if there are traffic lights.
The only time you can park there is if a sign says so, even if it's a quiet street.
Fines range from $115 to close to $450, with some penalties increasing significantly near school zones. In several states, such as NSW and South Australia the offence will also cost you two demerits.
But, it's up to the council to enforce the rule.
A photo of this particular fine, posted on a community Facebook group, received a mixed response.
"A lot more common sense needs to be exercised when it comes to parking it seems," one user said.
Others suggest that the distance was a bit steep.
"Ten metres is excessive, that would mean you could fit three cars on a Newtown street rather than nine," a third said.
In this particular case, the user wasn't far off. The part of the street where the car was fined is 48 metres long, meaning parking space within that area dwindles to just 28 metres, or six cars instead of 10.
Newtown sits within the Inner West Council which is notorious for parking fines.
So much so, last financial year the council made $14.3 million from parking fines alone, up $2million on the previous year.
In comparison, Campbelltown made $1.9 million up $600,000 on the year before, while Ryde made $4.5 million last financial year, an increase of $600,000, which was mostly due to better enforcement in school zones, 10 News First reported.
The Inner West Council was contacted numerous times for comment with no response.