In a push to further protect schoolkids from road accidents, the NSW Government has introduced changes that mean seven parking/driving offences will now carry increased penalties in school zones.

The offences for stopping in an intersection, stopping within 20m of an intersection (traffic lights), stopping within 10m of an intersection (no traffic lights), and stopping near bicycle crossing lights, have all had their penalties increased  from $330 fine/2 demerit points to $439 fine/2 demerit points, if the offence is committed in a school zone.

The offences for obstructing access to a ramp/path/passageway, parallel parking against the direction of travel, and parallel parking close to the dividing line/strip, have all had their penalties increased from $257 fine/no demerit points to $330 fine/2 demerit points, if the offence is committed in a school zone.

Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, noted, in her announcement of the changes, that there have been no pedestrian deaths in operational school zones since 2013 and that these changes are part of plans to continue that progress. (The Nationals)

These changes have been in effect since January 30th, 2018.

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James Janke

James Janke

Criminal Lawyer