NSW Regarding resident parking permits for trailers

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  1. Maxum Maximus

    Maxum Maximus Well-Known Member

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    I'm a resident of Ryde Council in Sydney and wish to park my boat trailer on the street where I live.

    It seemed like a reasonable request: there's never any parking congestion - enough parking for everyone! And yes, me the car, the boat the trailer are rightfully registered and licenses and registered at the address!

    Ryde Council has responded;
    Council has decided not to issue permits to boat trailer according to RMS Permit Parking Guidelines. Council has clarified this matter with RMS. According to RMS ‘Amendment to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Residential Parking Permit Guidelines give Councils discretion to issue parking permits to boat trailers as part of a local approach to manage parking. Accordingly City of Ryde Council can choose to issue a permit to boat trailer, or not, within its discretion’.

    Yeah.. but:
    - Additional legislation/policy addresses an actual problem: No
    - Evidence based legislation: No.
    - Public consultation and consideration: No
    - Public awareness and education campaigns precede enforcement and punishment: No

    Since the formation of modern Australia Sydney Harbour has been a maritime city. Indeed, one of the most beautiful and well known Harbour Cities of the world. My family has been sailing and boating on Sydney Harbour for 4 generations.

    What are my options to reverse these mindless, arbitrary and poorly thought through local government policies?
     
  2. Rob Legat - SBPL

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    Sounds like it’s a general stance they’ve taken, not an individual one. I think you’d need overwhelming public support to get them to possibly chance their mind.

    Of course, there’s also the overarching aspects of public policy to consider. Your individual use might not be an issue, but there may be quite a few people wanting to do what you’re doing - which may present a problem in aggregate. For example: It could be safety issues, or general aesthetic - both of which could be caused by large boats obscuring sight lines.
     
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  3. Maxum Maximus

    Maxum Maximus Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @Rob Legat - SBPL

    In this instance I think it is officious public servants creating excessive legislation and red tape without evidence or public consultation. This video evidences the situation.

    Yes, I think that media and political pressure will be required to reverse this council maladministration.

    Thanks again.
     
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