TRUCK OPPONENT: West Mackay resident Stephen Rush lobbied the local council in a bid to stop truckies using his street as a parking bay.
TRUCK OPPONENT: West Mackay resident Stephen Rush lobbied the local council in a bid to stop truckies using his street as a parking bay. Zizi Averill

Hide your truck from neighbours or face steep fine

MACKAY truckies parked at home now face a $667 fine unless their prime movers are hidden from their neighbours' view.

Mackay Regional Council adopted the controversial local law late last month to regulate the parking of heavy vehicles on private premises.

Community and client services director Bridget Mather said the law, which came into effect on October 4, was in response to numerous complaints from residents and community consultation.

"The law states if a vehicle greater than 8GVM is parked on a residential property and cannot comply with the exemption criteria, then an application for a permit must be submitted to council before the vehicle is permitted to be parked at the residence,” Ms Mather said.

"Logan, Ipswich, Brisbane, Gold Coast councils all have similar laws regarding parking heavy vehicles in residential areas.”

The permit is a one-off fee of $445.

She said that in addition to the fee, heavy vehicles must be screened from the neighbouring residences using "strategic vegetation, a shed or something similar”.

Heavy vehicles parked within built-up areas on the road will continue to be regulated under the State Government's Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (TORUM).

This state regulation prescribes that a heavy vehicle must not be parked on the road for longer than one hour in a built-up area. There are exceptions for delivery and emergency vehicles.

In 2018, the Queensland Trucking Association raised a number of concerns about the proposed law, saying it was "unreasonable” when considering Mackay was heavily dependant on road transport.

A council spokesperson added that before fining a truckie $667 for breaching the new law, its first step would be to "inform any owner first, and issue correspondence in the first instance”.

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