Take action against illegally parked cars blocking private property

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There are currently no laws in NSW that allow the police to tow away vehicles parked across driveways or on private property. The NSW Road Transport Act, specifically Section 143: "Removal of unattended motor vehicles or trailers from certain places" only applies to vehicles that are endagering public, causing traffic congestion, obstructing light rail vehicles, or in a specially designated tow-away zone. 

To add insult to injury, the police are generally unwilling to dispatch officers just to issue fines, regardless of inconvenience caused to the landowner. This usually means that there are no legal consequences for offending drivers and no legal options for residents to access or leave their own property.

The Office of Local Government has acknowledged this issue in the past, going so far as publishing a document entitled "Dealing with Vehicle Trespass and Driveway Obstruction - Ideas for Landowners and Strata/Community Schemes". This document offers meaningless suggestions for councils, including  "provide additional off street casual parking spaces in the locality" and "examine specific problems, and seek ways to resolve those problems". It does not offer any actions for people affected by illegally parked cars.

The solution is a simple one. The NSW Road Transport Act must be updated to include removal of vehicles that are obstructing access to private property or committing vehicle trespass. Otherwise, offences will continue with no incentive for the people committing them to stop.



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