Ban ‘ticketless’ fines

COMMUNITY concerns could see ticketless parking fines banned, with Minister for Finance, Courtney Houssos, urging councils to provide an on the spot, written notification to drivers – for example, a small pre-printed card on their windscreen – when they issue a fine.

Canterbury Bankstown Council issued 57,418 ticketless parking fines last year, costing drivers $13,781,113.
ALMOST four years after it was introduced, the ticketless parking system will be reviewed, with Minister for Finance, Courtney Houssos, calling on councils to provide on-the-spot, written notification to drivers.
Ms Housos said the changes would ensure drivers knew they had been booked by a parking officer upon returning to their car.
“It will also ensure they can capture evidence – including photos and details of where they parked – thereby allowing them to seek review of the fine more easily, if required,” she said.
“The current implementation of the ticketless parking system has eroded trust in parking fine system. Providing immediate notification to drivers is the right thing to do and is an important first step to restoring community trust in the administration of the fines system.
“While there are some benefits to the ticketless system, I am aware of community concerns around the issuing of ticketless parking fines, particularly the timeliness of fine notifications.”
The key concerns in relation to ticketless parking fines are: The difficulty in gathering evidence in the event the driver wants to seek a review of the fine; the reduced impact of a fine to act as an immediate deterrent and influence behaviour; and that a driver can receive multiple parking infringements before receiving a notification via post or the Service NSW app.