Likely ban on ticketless fine

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.
A council spokesperson said it issued a combination of printed and non-printed parking fines and complied with current legislation and regulations in this regard.
“The council will consider any changes necessary to its current practices should the NSW State Government introduce such requirements,” she said.
Ms Houssos said the ticketless parking system had eroded trust in parking fine system, and “providing immediate notification to drivers is the right thing to do”.