New Parking Enforcement Policy aligns with NSW Road Rules

Council's Principal Ranger Jason Mullee pictured standing on a street with a large nature strip and car park legally.

Cessnock City Council adopted a new Parking Enforcement Policy in February. The new Policy brings Council into line with NSW Road Rules 2014.

The new Policy means the removal of the three metre rule. Motorist are not permitted to park on the nature strip area out the front of properties between the road and the property boundary.

Vehicles should park in the direction of travel of vehicles in the marked lane or line of traffic on, or next to, the part of the road where the driver parks, unless otherwise stated by a control sign. Penalties exceed $270.

Put simply, no longer can residents park on nature strips.

Principal Ranger, Jason Mullee explained that the decision of Council means the Cessnock Local Government Area’s policy is in accordance with the Road Rules, and brings Councils parking restrictions in line with the standard approach across NSW.

“We want to make sure residents are aware of this change that makes it illegal for residents to park their vehicle on a nature strip in front of their house, despite the size of the strip. The good news is Council has introduced a six month grace period to give the community the opportunity to learn about the new rule and comply.”

The rule is about ensuring the safety of pedestrians and all road users. For more details on general parking rules visit Transport for NSW. The grace period will finish on Saturday 17 August 2021.

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