PSA: You Can Now Get Demerit Points From Parking Inspectors In NSW

Our favourite people, parking inspectors, have just been given more power to make our lives miserable. As well as a hefty fine, some parking violations will now come with demerit points, so be careful where you park in NSW. Here's everything you need to know about the new demerit point laws.

Thankfully it isn't every parking violation that will now include a handful of demerit points, otherwise half of Sydney would lose its license. The new punishments instead focus on infractions that have the potential to cause a road hazard or obstruct traffic.

While parking inspectors could always hand out fines for parking infractions, they now have the ability to give up to 2 demerit points for bad parking jobs. Here are the violations that will incur demerits from now on:

  • Stop in intersection: $337 fine and 2 demerit points
  • Rule 170 (2) Stop within 20m of intersection (traffic lights): $337 fine and 2 demerit points
  • Rule 170 (3) Stop within 10 m of intersection (no traffic lights): $337 fine and 2 demerit points
  • Rule 171 (1) Stop on/near children’s crossing: $337 fine and 2 demerit points
  • Rule 172 (1) Stop on/near pedestrian crossing: $337 fine and 2 demerit points
  • Rule 173 (1) Stop on/near marked foot crossing: $337 fine and 2 demerit points
  • Rule 174 (2) Stop near bicycle crossing lights: $337 fine and 2 demerit points
  • Rule 175 (1) Stop on/near level crossing: $337 fine and 1 demerit points
  • Stop in parking area for disabled: $561 fine and 1 demerit points
  • Stand vehicle in disabled persons parking space without authority: $561 fine and 1 demerit points

The changes were actually introduced from July this year, but until now it was up to the parking inspectors' discretion to hand out demerits. Now, demerits are coming whether you like it or not.

Predictably Aussies have taken to social media to complain, but also parking on pedestrian crossings and in disabled parking spots is kind of a dick move even without the demerit points. So next time you need to park in a hurry - be careful!


Comments

    There's some there that I wasn't aware of.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    "Rule 170 (3) Stop within 10 m of intersection (no traffic lights)" - will be interesting to see how that plays out in congested inner city streets with short blocks where that would remove 80% of available street parking.

    My first thought when I heard this was "WTF?". Then I thought that we will eventually have to show our new Chinese masters how we're travelling towards their approach to "social responsibility" won't we? Wait 'til it spreads to other parts of Australia and domestic violations. What a concept; your license to drive held hostage to your "good" behavior. That will go down a treat and what a data honeypot to go for if it happens.

    I was initially thinking that sounds draconian but when looking at the offenses it's not so bad. It's not like it's for staying too long at a meter or similar. It's for stuff you shouldn't be doing anyway.

    About the only one I'm not in favour of is the standing in a disabled spot. That's different to parking in it, so it shouldn't be as big a fine. Heck, I'm not sure it deserves a fine.

      If we move to a situation like the UK where such fines are issued by operators watching the streets with CCTV, then any momentary or accidental infringements will be pounced on.

        While I'm not a fan of fines by video, again as long as it's restricted to more serious offenses I would accept it as I think most people would.

        Of course that does start the slippery slope towards everything being video taped and fined. Like back in the day speed cameras were only going to be non-fixed units manned by actual police, they weren't going to be mount permanent fixed cameras. Didn't take long for that to change.

        I suspect we're going to go from being "just" a surveillance state to a super surveillance state over the next decade or so then hit a point where there's a backlash and it'll ease back a bit.

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