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There are new laws and parking offences around school zones

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey has announced new changes to parking offences around schools.

The changes to some parking offence penalties under the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Regulation 2017, comes as the NSW Government hits a major milestone in its $10 million school infrastructure program.

Mrs Pavey said the changes to legislation will include seven new school zone offences and the loss of extra demerit points.

“The safety of our children is paramount, which is why we worked with a number of organisations to review parking penalties.”

The offences include obstruct access to a ramp/path/passageway, stop on/near children’s or pedestrian crossing, and stopping within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights.

The rules

1. Stopping in intersection – Under the changes drivers If a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.

2. Stop within 20m of intersection (traffic lights) – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.

3. Stop within 10m of intersection (no traffic lights) – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.

4. Stop near bicycle crossing lights – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.

5. Obstruct access to ramp/path/passageway – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $330 and 2 demerit points.

6. Not parallel park in the direction of travel – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $330 fine and 2 demerit points.

7. Parallel park close to dividing line – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $330 fine and 2 demerit points.