Sydney council to get tough on parked trucks

Residents complain about trucks parked in streets

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There looks set to be a crackdown on truck drivers parking their vehicles in residential streets in at least one Sydney council area.

The Leader newspaper reports the Georges River Council in the cities southern suburbs will crack down on heavy vehicles being parked on suburban streets.

Residents in the area have been complaining to council about trucks being parked for long periods in residential streets, there’s also been complaints over engines being left idling and trucks starting up in the early hours.

The newspaper saying the council will write to the NSW State Government asking for tougher parking restrictions for heavy vehicles in built-up areas.

There are also calls for tougher penalties for trucks parked illegally in residential streets.

One Georges River Councillor, Colleen Symington, is quoted by the newspaper as describing the current penalties for illegally parked heavy vehicles as underwhelming and inadequate.

“I find it extraordinary that the only real enforcement tool to stop heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes parking longer than one hour on residential streets is an underwhelming $112 penalty,”

“It is also common knowledge that it is cheaper for owner-drivers to pay a few fines as opposed to paying for off-site parking.

“Apart from the visual disturbance and the dangerous obstruction of views, residents were also subjected to the noise of heavy vehicle engines starting up and then reversing down the street at 1am and 2am.

“This noise reverberated throughout the neighbourhood causing sleep disturbances, anger, frustration and eventually, despair.”

What are your thoughts on this story? Is it unfair that you can’t park your truck in front of your house? Are a bad few destroying it for everyone else?

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