At last a bit of common sense! Ten-minute grace period on parking fines finally comes into force – but be careful there’s a BIG catch
- From Thursday drivers will be given a 10 minute grace period for parking fines
- Parking officers will wait 10 minutes after ticket expires before writing a fine
- Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said grace period won’t compromise road safety
- This grace period will only apply for ticketed and coupon parking
Motorists can breathe a sigh of relief as a new ten-minute grace period is introduced which can see them avoid a hefty parking fine.
From January 31, New South Wales parking officers will wait 10 minutes after paid tickets expire before writing a fine.
But drivers should beware the grace period only applies in ticketed areas where the driver paid for at least one hour of parking and received a physical ticket or coupon.
Parking officers will wait a generous 10 minutes after paid tickets expire before writing a fine (stock)
Where the grace period won’t apply
- Bus lane
- Transit lane
- No stopping
- Loading zone
- Bus zone
- Mail zone
- Special events parking
Source: Service NSW
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said it won’t compromise road safety and will make the motorists the real winners.
‘This is a common sense approach which means people won’t get a fine for being five minutes late, have their day ruined, and have the weekly budget compromised,’ Mr Perrottet said.
‘We are hopeful this will also reduce the stress and pressure on parking inspectors as it will give some leniency in the issuing of fines.’
This grace period will only apply for ticketed and coupon parking where majority of parking fines come from.
To ensure this you take advantage of this you need to ensure you have a ticket.
Parking ticket meters that do not issue parking tickets or coupons will not be eligible for the grace period.
Private car parks are not eligible to take advantage of the grace period either.
Local councils are also being urged by the state government to reduce parking fines from $112 to $80.
This grace period will only apply for ticketed and coupon parking where majority of parking fines come from (stock)