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Free timed parking

Tweed Shire has free timed parking within the main business centers of Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff, Cabarita and Pottsville (the only paid parking within the Tweed being a $2 per day charge for parking on level one of the Council car park next to the Murwillumbah Aquatic Centre).

Free timed parking balances the needs of shoppers, businesses, workers and visitors and will assist with the regular turnover of vehicles within the business districts.

Introducing the Parking Enforcement Vehicle (PEV)

In the second quarter of 2020, Council is introducing a parking enforcement vehicle (PEV) to assist our rangers identify and record illegally parked vehicles within the Tweed.

Safety within school zones

The PEV will ensure school set down and collection zones for students, including bus zones within school zones, are monitored more regularly allowing parents who set down and collect their children to do so safely, without having to negotiate illegally parked vehicles within school zones.

Read more about road safety.

How does the Parking Enforcement Vehicle work?

The parking enforcement vehicle uses GPS, digital imaging, licence plate recognition mapping and timed patrols of the Tweed to ensure the accuracy of the data it records.

  1. Parking officers drive along a street or area and record licence plates using in-car Licence Plate Recognition.
  2. Officers complete a second "pass" along the street or area at the end of the regulated parking limit. In a 2P area this is every 2 hours; in a loading zone every 20 or 30 mins, and so on.
  3. Data is relayed to Council's parking office for verification.
  4. If a parking offence is detected a fine, including photos, is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
  5. If no offence has been committed, all photos and data related to the vehicles are permanently deleted from the system.

What is Licence Plate Recognition?

Licence Plate Recognition is often referred to as electronic chalking. Traditionally, parking officers patrol car parking areas on foot and "chalk" tyres while manually inspecting the time zone that the vehicle is parked in. Licence Plate Recognition uses photo recognition to do this by recording and cross-referencing licence plate numbers.

Parking fines and fees

The most issued parking fines in the Tweed are:

  • vehicles overstaying timed parking limits
  • vehicles parking illegally on yellow lines
  • vehicles parked illegally on a bus zones with in a school zone.

Council does not handle payments or disputes for parking fines once the penalty notice has been issued. To discuss a fine, payment or a review of a fine, please visit the Office of State Revenue website (external link).

For information about changes to parking fines and the role NSW Government authorities will play, please visit the NSW State Government website (external link).

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