Media Release - Friday, 25 October 2019
Mayor for Cumberland Steve Christou has slammed truck drivers for ignoring parking laws.
In the past six months, Council has received more than 540 complaints about trucks parking illegally. Many of these complaints relate to trucks using on-street parking for extended periods of time in residential areas.
In the past six months, Council has issued 1722 fines in response to complaints and as part of proactive monitoring activities.
“The message is simple – if you operate a large or heavy truck, residents don’t want you parking in front of their home,” said Mayor Christou.
“Many of our streets are already gridlocked with traffic and it’s not acceptable that a truck that weighs several tonnes or is several metres long, should occupy valuable real estate and take up several car spaces.
“It’s interfering with a resident’s right to peace and quiet and it’s posing a safety risk to pedestrians and other drivers using these streets.
“Parking laws are very clear on this – the driver of a heavy vehicle must not stop on a length of road in a residential area for longer than 1 hour. If you park your truck illegally, you will be caught and fined $114 for the offence.”
Parking rules apply to heavy vehicles (4.5 tonnes or more gross vehicle mass) or long vehicles (7.5 metres or longer).
Residents can report any incidents to Council on 02 8757 9000