Man's warning after $114 fine over 'ridiculous' road rule

Yahoo News Staff
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A man says he has copped a $114 fine for breaking a little-known parking rule and is warning others to not follow in his footsteps.

According to the fine the man received from the NSW Police Force, the offence he committed was "not lock doors secure windows", while parking on Military Road in North Bondi.

"Don't accidentally leave your car window down in Bondi," he wrote on Facebook.

While most of the information on the fine is blacked out, it is clear the man copped a $114 fine for leaving his window down.

A Sydney driver got a fine for leaving their car window down in Bondi. Source: Facebook/AAP
A Sydney driver got a fine for leaving their car window down in Bondi. Source: Facebook/AAP

Not pulling up your windows is against NSW Road Rules.

The windows of a vehicle must be secured, if possible and done so before leaving the vehicle, if the driver is more than three metres from the closest part of the vehicle and no one is in the vehicle.

Though, the legislation notes a window is secure "even if it is open by up to 2 centimetres".

The maximum penalty a driver can receive for leaving a window down is 20 penalty units.

Under the man's Facebook post, some thought the fine was a "joke" and "unreal".

"I had no idea that was an offence," one person wrote.

"This so Sydney," another person said.

A third person added: "This is so stupid. Don't pay it and go to court."

"It’s such a ridiculous fine. Revenue raising at it’s finest," someone else wrote.

But others said they had know about the rule for a while.

Last September, a Sydney resident was shocked when they received a fine for the exact same thing.

“$112 fine for not shutting car windows, the car was parked on the street at my home and husband was working in garden in eye view of the car,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I never knew this was a crime so shut your windows.”

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