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Coming soon: new rules for councils

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Councils may have to create bylaws to bring effect to recent amendments to the Land Transport Rules – particularly around enforcement for signs and electric vehicle parking.

The Land Transport Amendment (Road User) Rule 2004 has been amended as part of the Land Transport Rule: Regulatory Stewardship (Omnibus) Amendment 2018.

The Omnibus consultation enables a diverse range of minor changes to several Land Transport Rules all at once, instead of consulting on each rule individually.

The final Amendment Rules have been signed by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter and will come into effect on 1 June 2019.

Amendments to this Rule means it is now an offence to turn into or enter a road where a traffic sign prohibits this, and to park a non-electric vehicle in an electric vehicle charging space.

Most submissions were supportive of these changes but asked for clarification around the need for bylaws – which are still needed to give effect to the restrictions where a council has decided to impose them.

For the 2018 Omnibus Rule, the Associate Transport Minister made about 80 changes across 15 Land Transport Rules.

The changes in the latest Omnibus are necessary for a variety of reasons - from clarifying requirements to support enforcement or amending requirements to reflect current technologies.

You can view the final Omnibus Amendment Rules 2018 here – including a summary of submissions and our feedback.

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