They’re not our most favourite people already, and now comes the news that the grey ghosts, or brown bombers AKA parking inspectors could face a whole new level of loathing.
It’s been revealed they’ve now been given the power to issue demerits on your license.
Under new laws, NSW parking inspectors will be able to hand out demerit points as well as fines to drivers who park illegally.
The new rules see inspectors able to tack on a maximum of two demerit points on top of a fine for a range of different parking offences.
Leaving a stationary vehicle on or near a children’s crossing, pedestrian crossing, marked foot crossing or bicycle crossing could cost you $337 and two demerit points.
The penalty is the same for drivers who park within 10 metres of an intersection with no traffic lights or within 20 metres of an intersection with traffic lights.
Parking in a disabled parking area without a permit already comes with a $561 fine and now you can also get one demerit point as well.
Leaving your vehicle on or near a level crossing will also result in a demerit point and a $337 fine.
The announcement hasn’t gone down well, with many people taking to social media to share their frustrations at the new rule.
Bernard Carlon, from the NSW Centre for Road Safety, told 7 news:
“We know that it’s a high risk when you park illegally and block the line of sight for the traffic,” he said.
Parking inspectors have been able to give out demerit points for the past few months but a grace period has meant they had the option of handing out the points at their discretion.
However that period is finished and drivers caught parking illegally risk being hit with demerit points and a fine.