Establish local parking panels

NSW Labor will establish locally-convened panels to review parking fines, saving Sydney motorists time and money.

Rather than go through a drawn out, bureaucratic process, motorists slapped with a parking fine will be able to appeal their fines directly to local panels made up of community members and council staff.

Under Labor’s policy, councils and NSW Government agencies collecting more than $1 million in fine revenue annually will be required to establish the panels – which could cut appeal times by as much as a third.

Less than 4 per cent of fines are scrapped on appeal by the State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO), with the current appeals process taking up to four weeks and ignoring personal circumstances or local traffic issues.

Parramatta Council already convenes a local panel which has the power to exercise discretion based on in-depth knowledge of local parking conditions.  Under their system, up to a third of parking fines that are reviewed are eventually scrapped, and appeal times are 10 days shorter than the current system.

This is a common sense proposal designed to cut red tape and restore motorists’ confidence in the system

For many people, requesting the SDRO review a parking fine can be a stressful and drawn-out experience, which often doesn’t consider local parking conditions or extenuating personal circumstances.

Labor’s common-sense policy will ensure a fairer, more efficient process for motorists.