3 hour parking trial

We recently ran a 3-hour parking trial along the Botany Bay foreshore between Kyeemach to Sans Souci, and in the car park at the end of Sanoni Avenue, Dolls Point.

The trial finished on 31 March. We are now analysing data from the trial and will present the findings to Councillors later this year.

The 3 hour parking trial

During the trial period (until 31 March 2021):

  • A 3 hour time limit applied to foreshore parking areas between Keemagh and Sans Souci, and in the car park at the end of Sanoni Avenue, Dolls Point
  • you could not park in marked bays for longer than 3 hours. If you stayed longer than 3 hours you risk getting fined
  • there were no permits or exceptions, except for people who were eligible for the Mobility Parking Scheme
  • if you were eligible for the Mobility Parking Scheme, your usual concessions applied.

We also tested license plate recognition technology that checked for vehicles that stayed longer than the time restrictions.

Why we ran this trial

Our aim was to provide more equitable access to the foreshore area, particularly during periods of high demand.

We chose the 3 hour limit as we thought this would allow enough time to enjoy the foreshore facilities, while still encouraging turnover during the day.

We also hoped this would encourage people to explore alternative forms of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport.

Next steps

We are now reviewing the trial to determine whether it has achieved our aim of providing more equitable access to the foreshore facilities. We have a gathered a lot of data that needs careful analysis and interpretation.

Once we have completed the review we will prepare a report for Council. This report will recommend the best way forward. We will publish the report online before the Council meeting.