Sydney council who issued the most parking fines during lockdown

NSW parking inspectors granted motorists some grace before issuing a fine recently.Credit:Paul Jones

Cr Waller said the council was prioritizing road repairs, cleaning outdoor parks and maintaining strict hygiene. She acknowledged that the reduction in fine revenue was factored into the council’s budget as “local government doesn’t have a lot of ways to generate revenue”.

“We are taking a financial hit every month during lockdown. We are also not charging a fee for outdoor dining during lockdown,” Cr Waller said. “We are aware that whatever financial hardship this will cause our council, it will be a short-term blow; we will get that money back pretty quickly.

North Sydney Council issued 980 parking fines in August, up from 3,675 in the same month last year.

Mayor Jilly Gibson said she was inundated with phone calls from distressed residents who received fines early in the pandemic, some of whom did not feel safe getting out to move their cars.

“Rangers only walked through busy shopping malls and not residential streets,” Cr Gibson said. “It’s definitely a blow to our finances.”

Cr Gibson said a return of office and construction workers to the area recently prompted the council to return to normal parking enforcement from October 23.

Waverley Council issued just 246 parking tickets last month, compared to 6,151 parking tickets the same month in 2020. Parking fine revenue is expected to drop by $2.5 million.

“Fewer parking fines have been issued during the current lockdown because staff resources have been directed to our beaches,” a council spokeswoman said.

Parramatta town councilors voted in July to relax parking restrictions for three months. The Rangers issued 439 parking tickets in August, up from 2,803 the same month last year. They will decide at a meeting this week whether or not to maintain the eased restrictions.

A spokeswoman for the council said reduced travel in the area and lighter application of keys meant the council had lost around $465,000 in parking-related revenue over the past three months.

The City of Sydney, which covers the CBD, issued 1,716 fines in August compared to 23,525 in the same month last year. A spokeswoman said the council had taken a flexible approach to parking fines, focusing on safety during the lockdown.

“As restrictions are lifted and more cars are returning to our area, we will resume enforcement activities as appropriate to ensure parking rotation and equitable access,” she said. declared.

Hornsby Council only fined six drivers in August 2021, compared to 988 in the same month last year.

A spokesperson for Hornsby Council said most people were working from home, so there was less demand for parking in suburban car parks and around train stations.

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“Our rangers have taken on additional duties to support the community during this difficult time, including managing social distancing in public spaces such as our parks and preserves,” he said.

Cumberland, which issued around one in ten NSW parking fines last month, through a spokeswoman, said on a per capita basis other councils issued more tickets . “The council is here to enforce parking laws and our community expects us to enforce those laws equally and fairly,” she said.

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