Council receives many complaints regarding vehicles parked illegally within residential streets and commercial areas. Illegal parking may create an unsafe environment for other road users by causing an obstruction or impeding vision.
Pedestrians may be forced onto the road or motorists to the wrong side of the road in order to pass illegally parked vehicles. Motor Vehicles in New South Wales (NSW) are regulated by the NSW Road Rules. This provides for the effective movement and free flow of traffic in the State of NSW.
Local businesses are faced with the difficulties of running a business with many challenging factors including increasing customer expectations and convenience. Local business owners have an expectation that Council will assist them by ensuring that their customers can park in a convenient location and close to their business.
In Camden's main shopping district, Argyle Street is designated as a one hour parking limit to provide customers with convenient parking. These positions, as well as others within the Camden Local Government Area (LGA), are patrolled by Council Rangers to ensure these valuable spaces are used in an appropriate manner and to ensure that there is a regular turnover of vehicles therefore allowing more customers the chance to find convenient parking. The disabled spaces throughout Camden are also patrolled to ensure only persons with a valid permit are utilising the spaces.
By their very nature, areas around schools have a lot of interaction between cars and pedestrians. The majority of these pedestrians are children and given that children and pedestrians are vulnerable road users, this can lead to a potentially dangerous environment.
Children are small, harder to see, can behave unpredictably and their lack of road experience means it is difficult for them to judge dangerous situations.
Added to this, areas around schools have a high density of cars parking, driving and manoeuvring. Incorrect driving and parking practices can create a potentially lethal environment and if the traffic facilities provided to road users around schools are not optimum, the problem can be exacerbated.
Additionally, schools are usually in well populated residential areas. Incorrect parking and driving practices can also have an impact on the residents that live near schools and residents that need to drive through school zones and can ultimately affect the local community.
To address safety around school zones, Camden Council has developed the School Safety Program. A fold out flyer has been created to inform road users how to use the facilities around schools.
A number of NSW agencies such as Police, local Council's, government departments and other agencies are authorised to issue Penalty Infringement Notices (PIN). The State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO) issues and processes penalty notices on behalf of those agencies.
The fines system is designed to influence behaviour by imposing a monetary penalty which ensures that individuals take responsibility when they commit an offence.
Local Council's may issue a PIN or chose to prosecute an individual for an offence committed within it's jurisdiction. PIN's may be issued for a wide variety of offences including:
Illegal land uses
Non-compliance with food regulations
Carrying out activities on private or public land without approval and
Environmental pollution to name a few
Once a PIN is issued, Council will not cancel the notice and Council Officers cannot discuss the matter with you.
Your options for dealing with a PIN once issued are:
Pay the amount within 21 days
Submit a request to the SDRO to review the PIN when there are extenuating or special circumstances
Elect to have the matter heard in the Local Court. Refer to the back of the PIN for further information.
If you choose to have the Penalty Infringement Notice heard by a Magistrate in the Local Court, Section 37 of the Fines Act 1996 may apply. This Act states that the PIN fine be set aside and the maximum penalty may be applied. If found guilty of the offence you may have a criminal conviction recorded against you.
Request for reviews are to be in writing and directed to the State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO). For more information including review guidelines and part payment information: www.sdro.nsw.gov.au or SDRO 1300 138 118