2016 Media Releases

Council endorses community consultation for new Boat Trailer Parking restrictions

15 November 2016

On Monday 14 November 2016 Council endorsed the commencement of a community consultation following recent amendments to The Impounding Act, 1993 that grant councils new powers regarding boat trailer parking restrictions.   
The changes to the Impounding Act, 1993 have been developed to discourage the nuisance caused by the long-term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads, often by people who do not live in the local area, and encourage the off-street storage of boat trailers free up on-street parking spaces for local residents. 
The new legislation relates only to registered boat trailers, with registered box trailers and caravans not included. The changes enable councils to implement tighter management arrangements in relation to registered boat trailers that may otherwise be parking lawfully on public roads. 
At its meeting on 12 September, Council considered a report in relation to this matter and deferred its determination pending consideration of additional information in relation to complaints lodged regarding the parking of boat trailers, as well as potential protocols that could be used to codify Council’s approach to requests to permit boat trailer parking in certain areas. 
Over the period from 1 September, 2015 to 30 October, 2016, Council received a total of 51 complaints about boat trailer parking. Northbridge featured most prominently with eight separate streets mentioned and the Naremburn, Willoughby and Artarmon involved four or more streets.  
If the new powers are applied, boat trailers must move at least every 28 days, and must move at least one street block. If the boat trailer does not move, Council must provide the registered owner with 15 days’ notice before impounding the trailer and also has the option of establishing a charge for the release of an impounded item. 
Willoughby Council’s current Parking Permit Scheme establishes 22 Residential Parking Permit Scheme zones across the City. Council’s current rules only apply to cars and motorcycles and do not provide for the issuing of Parking Permits for boat trailers or vehicles over 3 tonnes. As these vehicles move regularly, spaces are freed up for others to use.
The results of the community consultation will determine the implementation of the provisions of the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 after 1 January 2017. Until then, Council will maintain its current practice of not issuing parking permits for boat trailers.

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