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Trailers Parking on Streets

 

Council at its meeting held 16 September 2019 resolved regarding trailers parked on streets that a report come back to Council detailing: 

1.   The limits faced by Council Rangers when enforcing the current legislation;

2.   Current methods employed by Council to address the problem, such as time restricted parking, and the outcome; and

3.   How "motor vehicle only" restrictions could be used to address the problem.'

This report discusses the current legislation in place for boat and other types of trailer parking and recommends that Council lobby the NSW Government to:-

  1. Amend the Boat Trailer Impounding Act 2015 to include other types of trailers (car trailers, box trailers, caravans, and mobile self-storage trailers); and
  2. Introduce an infringement under the Boat Trailer Impounding Act 2015 to allow Council Rangers to enforce the legislation more effectively.

Background


This report only covers trailers less than 4.5 tonnes in weight (GVM - Gross Vehicle Mass) or less than 7.5 metres in length as these vehicles can park on residential streets for an unlimited time. 

Vehicles that exceed the above prescribed weight and length limits can only park on residential streets for a maximum of one hour unless otherwise specified by a parking sign. As these vehicles are classified as heavy vehicles, they are automatically covered by an alternate legislation.

Trailer parking in residential streets has been the subject of many complaints. Over the last year, Council has received 32 complaints regarding trailer parking.

The enforcement of boat trailers is covered under the Boat Trailer Impounding Act 2015 whilst all other types of trailers (i.e. car trailers, box trailers, caravans, and mobile self-storage trailers) are covered under the Road Transport Act 2013.

Boat Trailer Parking

The NSW Government, under the Boat Trailer Impounding Act 2015, introduced a new legislation where boat trailers have to be moved every 28 days. They must be towed past the nearest cross street, however can be parked back in the same location for a further 28 days. The legislation only applies to boat trailers and not any other type of trailer.

Other Types of Trailer Parking

There is currently no specific legislation covering other types of trailer parking. As such, Council Rangers have been undertaking enforcement of other trailers under the Road Transport Act 2013.

Recommendation


That :

Council lobby the NSW Government to:

1.    Amend the Boat Trailer Impounding Act 2015 to include other types of trailers (car trailers, box trailers, caravans, and mobile self-storage trailers);

2.    Introduce an infringement under the Boat Trailer Impounding Act 2015 to allow Council Rangers to enforce the legislation more effectively; and

3.    Where clustering of trailers occurs in particular areas of the LGA the 'No Parking – Motor Vehicles Accepted' method will be utilised, with approval sought from the Local Traffic Committee for implementation.

View the full report.