Fine 166 truck owners in blitz

MORE than 160 truck owners have felt the pain of a fine, after illegally parking in the streets of Canterbury-Bankstown over the past three months.

Following complaints from residents, three weekend operations were conducted targeting six suburbs – Earlwood, Campsie, Croydon Park, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Roselands – with 40 heavy vehicles found to be parked illegally.
The council then expanded the truck parking blitz to take in 11 suburbs, with a further 44 truck owners fined. A further 82 fines have been handed out in the latest crackdown.
Mayor Khal Asfour said: “Unfortunately, it appears some truck owners are going to learn the hard way if they intend to continue to park illegally.
“We’ve issued 166 fines in three months and we will continue these operations until truck owners start parking where they should and not cause disruption or safety problems for residents and motorists.”
Mayor Asfour encouraged residents to continue to provide information, particularly through his and the council’s Facebook pages, or online at
“Our officers can’t be everywhere all the time, so it’s important residents tip us off when someone is doing the wrong thing, including trucks being parked illegally and causing safety issues,” he said.
The fine for parking a heavy vehicle for more than one hour is $114, while parking on a footpath or nature strip in a built-up area incurs a $268 penalty.
• Heavy vehicles were found parked on footpaths, nature strips and in no parking areas, with fines issued at: Villawood, 31; Greenacre, 10; Campsie, 10; Punchbowl, 9; Earlwood, 7; Belmore, 4; Lakemba, 4; and Kingsgrove, 4.