Why is Council introducing these restrictions?

Each year Council receives a significant number of complaints from residents claiming that boat trailers, trailers and advertising trailers are causing parking, road safety, residential and visual amenity issues. Legislation introduced in 2016 requires boat trailers to move every 28 days, however does not apply to other types of trailers.

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has recently introduced a new parking sign “No Parking - Motor Vehicles Excepted” that councils may use. It is intended to allow parking of motor vehicles and restrict the parking of all types of trailers and caravans.

Why are the parking signs only being installed in a few streets?

The parking sign only came into use recently, and only a small number of councils have used these restrictions since they were introduced.  The locations were selected as they have been identified as the areas where Council receives the most complaints about trailer parking.

As these are a new type of restriction, Council will monitor parking conditions during the initial three-month period commencing in June 2019 to determine whether the parking restrictions achieve the intended outcomes. The matter will be reported back to the Traffic Committee on 6 September 2019 at the conclusion of the three-month period.

What vehicles can park there?

A motor vehicle, as defined in the NSW Road Rules (2014) is “a vehicle (other than a bicycle) that is built to be propelled by a motor that forms part of the vehicle.”

E.g. cars, motorbikes, vans, utes, trucks*, motor home* etc. This includes combinations such as a trailer hitched to a motor vehicle*

* Heavy vehicles (4.5 tonnes or more GVM) or long vehicles (7.5 metres or longer) must not stop for longer than one hour (NSW Road Rule 200)

Do I need a permit to park my motor vehicle legally?

No

Can I obtain a parking permit for my trailer?

No. Council does not issue parking permits for caravans, trailers or vehicles over 3 tonnes under the Resident Parking Policy.

I have tradespeople with trailers visiting my property - can they still park in the street?

If the trailer is hitched to a motor vehicle, the combination is considered a motor vehicle and can legally park. Combinations 7.5 metres or longer can only park for up to 1 hour (NSW Road Rule 200).

What if the trailer is attached to my car?

If the trailer is hitched to a motor vehicle, the combination is considered a motor vehicle and can legally park for an unlimited period (if under 7.5 metres in length).

What happens if a trailer or caravan is illegally parked?

Fines exceeding $112 can be issued for “Disobey No Parking sign”.

Can I get similar restrictions in my street?

As these are a new type of restriction, Council will monitor parking conditions during the initial three-month period commencing in June 2019 to determine whether the parking restrictions achieve the intended outcomes. The matter will be reported back to the Traffic Committee on 6 September 2019. If the trial is successful in the initial locations, Council may consider implementing similar restrictions in other streets.

How can I report illegally parked vehicles?

Use the email address reportillegalparking@northsydney.nsw.gov.au to report illegal parking.

The email address allows Council’s enforcement staff to receive the email immediately and to act in a timely manner, as opposed to emails sent to council@ going via our records staff for registration and distribution.

The link to this email group is available from the ‘contact us’ tab found on the home page of Council’s website.