14-31 Announcement of changes to improve boat trailer parking

What’s new or changing

  • The NSW Government will make $5 million available for new dedicated off-street boat trailer storage solutions.
  • Next year the Government will seek legislative changes to provide councils with the power to impound boat trailers parked for more than 3 months.
  • Changes will also be made to allow councils to issue penalty notices for unregistered trailers and to issue resident parking permits for boat trailers.

What this will mean for your council

  • Councils may wish to register their interest in providing alternative storage options for boat trailers in their local government area.
  • If Government legislation is passed, councils will be able to take impounding action if boat trailers are parked for longer than 3 months.
  • Councils would also be able to issue fines for unregistered trailers from 1 December and issue parking permits for boat trailers from early next year.

Key points

  • The NSW Government has announced that a total of $5 million will be available in 2014-15 and 2015-16 to assist with the establishment of new off-street boat trailer storage solutions via a registration of interest process.
  • Legislation will be introduced next year to amend the Impounding Act 1993 to allow councils to impound parked boat trailers if they are unmoved after
    3 months. Boat trailer owners would need to be given 15 days’ notice.
  • The Road Transport (General) Regulation 2013 will be amended with effect from 1 December to make it illegal for an unregistered trailer to be parked on a road and enable council officers to issue penalty notices for this offence.
  • Roads and Maritime Services Residential Parking Permit guidelines will also be amended next year to allow councils to issue permits for boat trailers.

Where to go for further information

Steve Orr
Acting Chief Executive