New powers put brakes on bad bike operators
Local councils have been given stronger powers to protect their communities from irresponsible share bike operators.
Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton said the new powers allow councils to more easily seize dumped bikes and fine operators whose bikes are dumped in public places.
“While several share bike operators have left the market, resolving many of the problems, these new powers will ensure councils can target any irresponsible operators who set up shop in Sydney and other parts of NSW,” Ms Upton said.
New powers for local councils follow changes to the Impounding Act passed by Parliament, including:
- Rangers can immediately impound or move share bikes causing an obstruction or safety risk in a public place.
- Fines of $500 per bike or a court imposed penalty of up to $2,750 for operators who fail to remove a bike causing an obstruction or safety risk within three hours of being notified.
- Fines of $500 per bike or a court imposed penalty of up to $2,750 for operators who fail to remove a bike left in the same place for more than a week within four days of being notified.
“Local councils now have expanded powers to target share bikes that cause obstructions, pose safety risks or are left unused in one place for too long,” Ms Upton said. Read more...