NSW government announces changes to parking offences around schools

Children crossing the run outside a NSW school. Picture: Geoff Jones
Children crossing the run outside a NSW school. Picture: Geoff Jones

Seven new school zone offences and the loss of extra demerit points will be brought into effect to ensure pedestrian safety around schools.

The changes were announced by the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey on Wednesday.

The changes to some parking offence penalties fall under the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Regulation 2017.

It comes as the NSW government hits a major milestone in its $10 million school infrastructure program.

Ms Pavey said the safety of children was paramount.

She said this was the reason why the government worked with several organisations to review parking penalties.

The offences include:

  • Obstructing access to a ramp/path/passageway.
  • Stopping on or near a children’s/pedestrian crossing.
  • Stopping within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights. 

Ms Pavey said the changes came into force as the NSW government completed a third of its school infrastructure program. 

“Over the past two years, the NSW government invested $10 million into school infrastructure, with $5 million invested into school flashing lights, the other $5 million into infrastructure,” she said.

“This infrastructure work has included implementing raised crossings, line markings, fencing and kerb extensions as well as building pedestrian refuges.

“So far 54, schools around the state are now benefitting from the installation of these safety upgrades.”

Ms Pavey said since 2013, there had been no pedestrian deaths in an operational NSW school zone.

“Every school in NSW already has at least one set of school zone flashing lights installed to warn motorists they are about to enter a 40km/h speed zone,” she said.

“Since coming to government in 2011, we have delivered 6000 flashing lights across the state.”