More than 30 motorists have been issued more than $7000 worth of fines during a blitz at a Kellyville bus interchange car park.
Officers from The Hills spent 90 minutes on Friday, May 12 targeting motorists who had parked their vehicles at the Samantha Riley Drive T-way car park.
But one frustrated resident has advised people to dispute the fines, claiming the crowded car park is in breach of state government guidelines.
Hills crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Christie Desira, said the blitz was in response to a number of complaints about dangerous conditions.
“We will be targeting the car park again,” Senior Constable Desira warned.
Transport NSW is responsible for the car park.
“Transport for NSW has been working with The Hills Police to help ensure motorists park safely at the Riley T-way,” a spokesperson said.
“The Sydney Metro Northwest will deliver 4000 new commuter car parking spaces, including 1200 spaces at Kellyville – the most of any Sydney Metro Northwest station.”
On social media, some residents praised police for targeting those who were parking “dangerously”, while others vented their anger.
Martin Tolar, who had parked there on the day, said the spree was “nothing but a blatant revenue raising exercise”.
“The car park is owned by [Transport NSW] who have reduced the number of available spaces to construct the North West Rail Link,” Mr Tolar said. “The inadequate number of spaces is compounded by this car park being surrounded by major arterial roads where parking is not permissible.
“It would be at least a one kilometre walk to off-site parking for bus commuters which breaches [Transport NSW’s] own guidelines that state bus stops should not be more than between 200 and 400 metres apart. All those impacted should dispute the infringement.”
The $7000 blitz saw 20 people fined $253 each for parking in a No Stopping zone, and 10 people received a $108 infringement for parking in a No Parking zone. Two people were slugged $514 each for parking in a disabled parking stop, and one driver was fined $108 for parking and causing an obstruction.