There could be some relief for drivers puzzled by Sydney’s confusing parking signs with the government now pushing to reduce fines.
In Roseville on Sydney’s upper north shore there’s a parking space with a two-hour limit on one side and a half-an-hour limit on the other.
“That’s crazy, it doesn’t make any sense at all,” one passer-by said.
NSW Government treasurer Dominic Perrottet described similar signs around the city as “a two-timing carpark” and “completely ridiculous”.
Parking fines stood out in a NSW government survey built around new car parking regulations designed to cut them.
Ninety-seven per cent believed fine revenue should be disclosed in annual reports, 88 per cent thought revenue should go towards fixing local roads and infrastructure and 90 per cent supported a grace period for overstaying.
A majority thought it should be up to councils to issue lower fines too with 91 per cent.
“The results are in – people want their parking fines slashed, they want greater transparency about where councils are spending their money,” Mr Perrottet said.
The government has also asked local councils to match its 25 per cent cut in parking fines on state-owned land.
But councils believe the money raised makes the state better.
City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott said revenue raised is “needed” to ensure NSW roads work well and are maintained.
However, Mr Perrottet said any councils who don’t follow through will be named and shamed.